The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is set to host a talk titled 'The Hermitage Days' at 6pm on November 27 in the museum's auditorium.
The talk will be hosted in collaboration with one of Russia’s most prestigious museums, the State Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg, and will introduce attendees to the history of the museum and its conservation centre.
In addition to the public talk, and part of the larger collaboration between MIA and the Hermitage, a series of talks and hands-on-workshops delivered by the State Hermitage team targeting conservation specialists, will be between January 26 and 28. The series of talks will cover conservation practices of the Hermitage as well as provide an insight into the history, departments and the materials present in the museum.
The State Hermitage Museum is the world’s second largest museum after the Louvre, Paris. Its collection is a must-see for all art enthusiasts and contains in excess of 3mn items, spread over six historic buildings. The session will be delivered by the general director of the museum, Prof Dr Mikhail Piotrovskiy, and Irena Guruleva, research officer in the Department of Scientific Restoration and Conservation.
Piotrovskiy has been the general director of the Hermitage since 1992. He is a prominent Arabist and archaeologist and the author of more than 250 publications, including catalogues of Arabic manuscripts, medieval monuments and ancient inscriptions as well as works on Islamic political history and Arabic culture and archaeology.
Guruleva is a research officer of the Department of the Scientific Restoration and Conservation in the State Hermitage Museum. She oversees the administrative work and documentation of the department, as well as all exhibition and publishing activities related to conservation and research within the field of restoration.
The initiative is a testament to the legacy of the Year of Culture programme that aims to build lasting relationships between Qatar and partner countries.
Last year, key Qatari and Russian cultural organisations, prestigious institutions and individuals came together to deliver a rich programme of major exhibitions, activities and community outreach events to introduce the two nations to each other’s rich cultures.