The Museo del Prado is extending its major exhibition The Hermitage in the Prado for a further two weeks

In the image (from left to right) Ignacio Ollero, PR Director Acción Cultural Española, Mijail Piotrovsky, Director of The Hermitage Museum and Miguel Zugaza, Director of the Museo Nacional del Prado, visiting the exhibition.

    Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, today confirmed his authorisation for the extension of the exhibition The Hermitage in the Prado, co-organised with Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and sponsored by Fundación BBVA. During a visit to Madrid this week, Mr Piotrovsky generously agreed to the Prado’s proposal, which will allow many more visitors to see the exhibition in the light of the continuing demand for tickets and the fact that an increased number of visitors is expected during Easter Week.

    Thursday 01 March 2012

    In the light of the enormous interest shown by the visiting public in this exhibition and having only been able to visit it in person yesterday for the first time for medical reasons, Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, expressed his satisfaction at being able to agree to the Prado’s request to extend the exhibition until 8 April so that it can be seen by visitors during Easter Week when the Museum will be open every day for the first time. In addition to extending the length of the exhibition, the Prado has also announced that there will be special visiting hours during that week. The exhibition will be open until 10pm from 2 to 8 April (the normal closing time at the Museum is 8pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 7pm on Sundays and public holidays).

    This major exhibition of masterpieces from the collections of the Hermitage, which is the result of a historic exchange of collections between these two great international museums, has provided a unique opportunity to see the most important selection of works from the Hermitage outside of Saint Petersburg for the more than 400,000 visitors who have attended the exhibition since it opened on 8 November last year.

    By extending the length of The Hermitage in the Prado and with the new Easter Week opening hours, the Prado aims to offer visitors every chance not to miss this unique opportunity to see a major exhibition that reveals the richness and variety of the Hermitage’s collections through almost 180 works dating from the 5th century BC to the 20th century. They include outstanding examples of archaeological items, the decorative arts and works from the Hermitage’s remarkable holdings of painting, sculpture and drawing, which together constitute the unique collections of the Russian museum.

    The Hermitage in the Prado offers visitors the privilege of seeing one museum inside another, given that in addition to the celebrated works of art and archaeology that it features and which reveal the richness of its collections, it also includes important items that recount the history of the museum itself. The exhibition thus opens with portraits of the Russian rulers Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Nicholas I, as well as paintings of the splendid interiors of the Hermitage and its surrounding area. This vision of the Hermitage’s imperial origins is completed with a selection of pieces of furniture and items of court dress on display in another room in the exhibition.

    All remaining tickets now available for pre-purchase

    In order to facilitate ticket purchase and to avoid queuing to acquire them and to enter the exhibition, which is by timed slot only, the Prado has now placed on sale all remaining tickets until the end of the exhibition. Selecting the day and time of their choice, visitors intending to see the exhibition can purchase them at the Museum’s ticket desks, on www.entradasprado.com or on tel: 902 107 077. Acquiring them as soon as possible is highly recommended as no more will be issued once all available tickets for each day have sold out.

     
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