Official Visit from Russia to Open Hermitage Amsterdam: June 19, 2009


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HM will open the Hermitage on friday june 19th with President Dmitry Medvedev,
accompanied by TRH The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima.

I have posted this before,I know,but it's my passion,the opening of this beautifull
Museum and the exhibition it holds consisting of 1800 treasures,has to be mentioned
as it is of such magnificence,importance and value.There has been nonesuch outside
the Hermitage at dear St.Petersburg.

http://www.hermitage.nl/en/

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=29110
 
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HM will open the Hermitage on friday june 19th with President Dmitry Medvedev,
accompanied by TRH The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima.

I have posted this before,I know,but it's my passion,the opening of this beautifull
Museum and the exhibition it holds consisting of 1800 treasures,has to be mentioned
as it is of such magnificence,importance and value.There has been nonesuch outside
the Hermitage at dear St.Petersburg.

Hermitage Amsterdam

Het Koninklijk Huis

On the pre-opening event for the sponsors tonight,I just was mesmerised by the sheer beauty,magnificence,of the exhibition.
A must see for all.

I wrote a report,if you can call it that,on tonights events,the exhibition,the general rehearsel for tomorrow,all and everything,
it is all here:

http://members3.boardhost.com/Beneluxroyal/msg/1245366395.html

coiurtesy moi...

HM Queen Beatrix will receive President Dmitry Medvedev in audience at Huis ten Bosch Palace this afternoon,
ahead of the opening of the Hermige tonight.The President,as well; as many members of his Government,will
have talks with our PM and their dutch counterparts tomorrow,after which they all will enjoy a canal tour through Amsterdam,
always beautifull.
 
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Lucien, this exhibition sounds absolutely amazing! You are so lucky that you were able to see it in person.
 
Lucien, this exhibition sounds absolutely amazing! You are so lucky that you were able to see it in person.

Oh yes,absolutely,I am very much aware of that,I feel very priviliged.I am.
It never is a blasé affair,each and every time again.

Just what a pity your recent visit here didn't coincide with the opening of the Hermitage.It is absolutely stunning indeed.
 
Lucien, this exhibition sounds absolutely amazing! You are so lucky that you were able to see it in person.

Hope all of you can see some of it too now,here:

Journaal 24 | Nederlandse Omroep Stichting

At 19.20PM,so in about 40 minutes,there's Passion for the Hermitage on Ned 2.

At 22.50PM the official opening by HM and President Medvedev will be aired live.
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Hope all of you can see some of it too now,here:

Journaal 24 | Nederlandse Omroep Stichting

At 19.20PM,so in about 40 minutes,there's Passion for the Hermitage on Ned 2.

At 22.50PM the official opening by HM and President Medvedev will be aired live.
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HM and the Princess look wonderfull,Princess Máxima looking radiant in blue.:flowers:

http://www.royalimages.nl/search.pp?page=1&ShowPicture=10074738&pos=5

Signing of the guestbook by HM:

http://www.royalimages.nl/search.pp?page=1&ShowPicture=10074768&pos=2


King Willem II and Queen Anna Pavlovna in the Imperial Ball wing of the Hermitage,on loan from Het Loo Palace:

http://www.royalimages.nl/search.pp?page=2&ShowPicture=10037546&pos=11

The Throne of the Romanovs from the Throne Room of the Winter Palace:

http://www.royalimages.nl/search.pp?page=2&ShowPicture=10037909&pos=12

Court Dresses:

http://www.royalimages.nl/search.pp?page=3&ShowPicture=10037906&pos=19
 
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Gorgeous photos, Lucien! Thank you for posting them. The court dresses and the throne are like something out of a dream. Hopefully, I will be able to visit it next year.
 
Ah, I see Maxima borrowed a part of the suit of Sesame street's Pino.... her dfaughters must have inspired her.

The opening was very nice, I just saw it all.
 
Thanks for all the info lucien! Wow, it really looks like a wonderful exhibit. I wish I were there to see it in person!!
 
I said it in the fashion thread, and will reiterate it here:

My husband says she looks like a baboon, and is only missing the red butt. To which I responded, well, I guess she could wear red pants, and complete the image. Not the nicest ocmparison, but definitely had me laughing!
 
OMG she looks like she could be on a street corner.

My thoughts, exactly. This whole look is very 'pro' in appearance and not at all becoming of Maxima. I to be honest don't often find many of her fashion choices very appealing anyway, but this is a real dissapointment.

The only elegant attribute would be her hair. It looks lovely when styled like this and she wears it well.
 
The event was nice it's nice to see Russia participating in joint events. Maxima looks awful and does look like the character out of sesame street. :( but very very tall. Make up makes it worse aswell. :flowers:
 
It is good to know that Russian government promotes its country through art. I visited the Hermitage museum about 15 years ago and had a pleasure to see the collections that include thousands of masterpieces, demonstrating the versatility of artistic approaches and techniques. The Hermitage has preserved real treasures of the bygone eras.
 
While most of the above posts do belong in the fashion thread,and that blue fluffy thing in my broom closet,
my domestic didn't know where to turn without it yesterday.
I would like to return to the actual event.

The Russian official visit is over,Medvedev left the building....

http://gpdhome.typepad.com/royalblo...06/romanov-opulence-on-show-in-amsterdam.html

courtesy hja

After occupying several floors of the dishy and top notch Okura hotel,the President and Mrs. Medvedeva left yesterday afternoon after extensive talks with members of his 80+ delegation,both governments as well as on CEO level representing the major companies/industries
at the Okura Hotel.

http://www.okura.nl/en/

The Hermitage meanwhile,is enjoying its first of White Nights,(open for 36 hours,non-stop,with concerts and story telling to performances as ballet,and breakfast from 05.00AM ,might go have a bite there later)while I enjoyed a sleepy one here at home after being on my sore feet all day again at the Hermitage,meeting friends from boards and forums alike,and showing them around as it was my second visit yesterday.Still,there are new discoveries each and every time you enter the same room,and I think that will be the case every time you visit this absolute gem of an exhibition,you discover more each time blinded and overwhelmed as one is the first time 'round,it is both too much and never enough,there's more and more and even more still and you don't want to miss out on anything.

The grand piano,a gift from Nicholas to Alexandra:

http://gpdhome.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c648253ef0115712f17c3970b-pi

It was busy but not too crowded as it is a very spacious building,everyone enjoying the sights and sounds.Sounds,concerts all day long,from Orthodox Choirs,beautifull,to Victoria Koblenko,actrice telling stories while Sergei and Maria Gortsevskaya played beautifull music,you hear Mussorgski,and then a tune on a balalaika somewhere in the Inner Court,to baeutifull church music in the room dedicated to the Russian Orthodox Church,with its array of golden bejeweled artifacts,its robes of Patriarchs,paintings and icons,to the music at the Imperial Balls in the grand Ball room while surrounded by moving plateaux with the most exquisite of Imperial ballgowns,the walls covered in wonderfull paintings of what was the "St.Petersburg society"at that time,the late 19th early 20th century,and,a especially beautifull painting stands out in that wall,Princess Zinaida Yusupova,what an incredibly beautifull Lady she was.

There are the treasure throves of museum shops,containing just everything you could imagine they would have,it is the Hermitage.

All books,each and every one on the Romanovs,and more specifically ofcourse Nicky's family,the milking cow and tuned up bank account of many an author or whom thinks go's by that discription....,it is all there.All.Yes Peter,....so are you....:rolleyes:

The only thing that is awfully inefficient,and adding to the russian senses.....:rolleyes: is the way the restaurant/café is running!Or the lack of it!Unbelieveble,people had to wait up to 1 1/2 hour to have a cup of coffee while too young and too in-experienced personel was running around the block like hens without heads,I told them ofcourse,and got the drinks and delicious looking cake/taart for the four of us myself,put on your friendliest smile and tell 'm to go some place else at the nearest possible moment......Inconvenient,but you'll survive it,just go one hour before you get thirsty and you'll have whatever you asked for in just under the next hour.....

On the other hand,staff acted swiftly as one of us got migraine and I had several paracetamols for him in under a minute,and there's the wonderfull peacefull and spacious inner court to take a rest under the old trees that survived the restauration of both building and garden.

I know of people hesitating to visit the Hermitage so soon after the opening event,but really,no worry,it is never overcrowded because of its spacious plan and you can really take as long as you like to look at whatever it is that next grabs your attention,or gives you goosebumbs because of its delicate beauty .

Hermitage Amsterdam,if you were ever short of an excuse to visit Amsterdam,and ofcourse,the Royal Palace,another gem that just re-opened its doors.You definitely ran out of excuses not to come since last friday.

Feel welcome to come and tell any of us dutch living in the vicinity,and one of us,or,scary....,more of us will take you out on a tour,if you think you can handle that.:D

Part of the Imperial Ball Room,the vitrines on plateaux slowly turn to the music of walses:
http://www.amsterdam.nl/contents/users/weblog/171335/633809294885274630/1024Hermitage7.jpg

Not for blogs without my permission.thank you.
 
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With all these fashion comments,in the wrong thread,I wonder.
 
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It's a pitty, I looked rader the picture with Maxima her head, sorry!!
They have so much clothes, not everybody looks the same well!!
 
Lucien, thank you for your wonderful descriptions of the Hermitage. I hope to visit Amsterdam next summer, and yes, I will take you up on your offer to meet visitors at the museum!

Restaurants and cafes almost always experience craziness during their early days. I am sure that the museum will get this sorted out. It sounds like they are already quite efficient, especially when it comes to helping visitors who have fallen ill.
 
Lucien, thank you for your wonderful descriptions of the Hermitage. I hope to visit Amsterdam next summer, and yes, I will take you up on your offer to meet visitors at the museum!

Restaurants and cafes almost always experience craziness during their early days. I am sure that the museum will get this sorted out. It sounds like they are already quite efficient, especially when it comes to helping visitors who have fallen ill.

As the Hermitage closed its doors a few hours ago after it was open for 36 hours non-stop celebrating White Nights,it was announced
that an amazing 15000 visitors enjoyed the exhibition in this short period of time.

Still,if you walk there,the spaciousness of the building makes it doesn´t feel nor look crowded at all,except in the restaurant `Neva`.

SGL,I will gladly receive you and take you on a tour!:flowers:
 
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