This Monday was Blue Monday, which is officially the most depressing day of the year when most new year’s resolutions have faded. However, I am very happily surprised by the fact that most people seem to be relatively persistent. And as I’ve heard quite some resolutions with regards to participating in more cultural activities, I thought it’d be nice to share just a great new exhibition in one of the most beautiful museums of Amsterdam: The Hermitage.
The Hermitage is located on a gorgeous spot right next to one of Amsterdam’s rivers, the Amstel. The museum is the Dutch branch of the globally known like-named museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is an exhibition space, where every half year, a new exhibition is welcomed. Furthermore, The Hermitage makes for a cultural education center for the Russian history and culture. The museum itself is just beautiful and the exhibitions are quite original I’d say, so apart from the exhibition even, this place is very much recommended.
But maybe just now, you might wonder what’s the connection between the Russian Hermitage and the Dutch branch. And I love a little history, background story. So here we go. For the answer between the link with the Netherlands, we of course have to look back a little. ‘Cause way, way back, Tsar Peter used to live in Amsterdam and as a result of that, Amsterdam captured a special place in his heart. Which I can naturally relate to. 😉 Back in Russia, he founded the first public museum. Some of the items that were on display there, were originally from the Netherlands. And a fun little detail, totally in Russian style, back in the days in the original museum, visitors were welcomed with a shot of Vodka. Which I’d call a very warm and slightly burning welcome.
But back to the exhibition now. As you know, I am quite the treasure hunter and adorer. Therefore, this new exhibition is just the definition of my cup of tea. As one of the greatest treasure collections of The Hermitage are their jewels, which is the subject of their latest exhibition called “Jewels!”. Hundreds of them are currently on display, together with many portraits and the most beautiful, dazzling and extravagant gowns and costumes, worn during important balls and parties. They were worn by the highest representatives to indicate their status, wealth and sometimes even designed to provoke or convey a (secret) message. Isn’t that interesting?! From (still) famous leading design houses like Cartier, Tiffany and Fabergé, this exhibition displays some true exclusive masterpieces and gems.
So, if you have a so called “thing for bling”, you might want to stop by this place. Enjoy!
1018 EJ Amsterdam