On occasion of the Hermitage Day: Museums Developing Cities, organised in Turku on the 20th of November, the significance of the museums for the urban development will be discussed, and the treasures of the Hermitage of Saint Petersburg will be explored virtually.

The seminar on the Hermitage Day will bring several international keynote speakers to Turku. Award-winning architect, Mr. Hani Rashid, representing the New York based company Asymptote Architecture, will make a speech on the international trends in museum architecture. Curator of Contemporary Art, Dimitri Ozerkov, representing one of the largest art museums in the world, The State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, will present the current expansion projects of the museum and tell about its contribution to the presentation of contemporary art.

Dr. Matthias Hamann, Director of Museum Services in Cologne, Curator Andrzej Hoja, Gdansk Museums and Director Kimmo Levä, Turku Museum Services, will take part in the panel discussion in the afternoon.

Make a Virtual Visit to the Splendor of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg

Related to the Hermitage Day, an virtual exhibition Virtual Visit to the Splendor of the Hermitage in St Petersburg will be opened at the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (WAM) in Turku. The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg is one of the largest art museums in the world and has around three million objects and works of art. In the virtual exhibition in Turku, visitors can use virtual glasses to explore the Ancient Art Gallery, which is one of the 365 halls of The State Hermitage museum. There is a collection of neoclassical sculptures in the gallery containing works of Antonio Canova from the late 18th century among others. 86 wax paintings depicting Ancient Art, as well as rich ornamental patterns on the vaults and the wall surfaces feature in the background of the white glittering marble sculptures.

The virtual tour allows the visitor to navigate in the Art Gallery and to explore pieces of art at close range, even with greater precision than with the naked eye. The space is 3D modelled extremely accurately by means of photogrammetry. The VR-1 glasses are developed by the Finnish pioneer in virtual reality products, Varjo. The virtual exhibition is open from Nov 20 to Dec 19, 2019.


Hermitage Day: Museums Developing Cities

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Turku City Theatre, Small stage (Itäinen Rantakatu 14, 20800 Turku)

from 8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. Breakfast

Welcoming Speech
Mayor of the City of Turku, Minna Arve
Deputy Director, State Hermitage Museum, Alexander Prokhorenko

from 9.30 a.m. to noon Keynote Speeches

  • Curator Dimitri Ozerkov, Contemporary Art, The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg
    The State Hermitage Museum is one of the largest art museums in the world and it expands its brand both internationally and in Russia. The contemporary art plays an increasingly important role in the exhibition activities of the museum.
  • Architect Hani Rashid, Asymptote Architecture, New York
    Mr. Rashid is an internationally renowned architect who has designed the new contemporary branch of the Hermitage Museum in Moscow.

from 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Panel Discussion: “What Different Roles Do Museum Have in the City Development”

  • Speakers include Dr. Matthias Hamann, Director of the Museum Service in Cologne, Curator Andrzej Hoja, Gdansk Museums and Director Kimmo Levä, Turku Museum Services.

The seminar will be moderated by Anna Sorainen.

The seminar is open to the public. The seminar language is English. Please register for the seminar by 15.11.2019.