June 20, 2009 |
City officials are threatening to sell paintings from the collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art to pay off a $3-million construction bond that comes due in September. Not since Josef Stalin has a civic fiscal plan been quite so dumb. During the winter of 1929-30, as stock markets crashed and the Great Depression brought the global economy to its knees, the Soviet dictator put into action a scheme to raise hard currency -- and fast. Trolling through the vast art collections of the Hermitage Museum, a staggering czarist accumulation that had been nationalized by the Russian revolution, Stalin consummated plans to sell paintings to collectors in the West.
June 11, 1995 |
HIDDEN TREASURES REVEALED: Impressionist Masterpieces and Other Important French Paintings Preserved by the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg by Albert Kostenevich. (The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg in association with Harry N. Abrams: $49.95, 292 pp.
July 7, 1994 |
A $500,000 glass bowl dating from the 3rd Century BC was stolen from the Hermitage Museum, reports said Wednesday. The six-inch bowl, made of glass and gold leaf in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, was kept in a back room of the museum, which has outdated security and fire alarm systems. Last year, thieves stole two vases and some Roman coins. The Hermitage recently signed a $2.5-million contract with Minnesota-based Honeywell Inc. to install a better alarm system and artificial climate
August 8, 2006 |
The arrest of the son and husband of a late museum curator suspected of involvement in the theft of items from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has focused attention on the appallingly lax security and record keeping that has become so common at many of that country's cash-strapped museums since the 1991 Soviet collapse.
October 14, 2001
Snooty snobs feel "a tremendous amount of anxiety" because works of art that were once accessible by a select few who could afford to travel to museums such as the Hermitage Museum in Russia can now be seen by commoners with limited means ("Doubling Down on Art" by Tom Gorman, Oct. 7). To enjoy world-class art displayed in a museum that is connected to a casino will not result in "turning art into a commodity, an entertainment experience" as Richard Koshalek, former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, fears may happen, just as having a meal in a world-class restaurant adjoining a casino will not turn the food into the quality and experience of fast food.
December 4, 1994 |
"Great Art Treasures of the Hermitage Museum," a handsomely boxed, two-volume work that weighs in at over 20 pounds, is one of the luxury items in bookstores this season. In that category, however, it is a real bargain, with over 1,500 impeccably produced color photographs and a succinct series of texts and labels written by the curatorial staff, full of precise and valuable information. It is unusual in its stress on the extraordinary diversity of the St.