St Petersburg museums and galleries are home to some cracking exhibitions this season. From a deep-dive into the Old Masters and the masterpieces of the Leiden Collection at the Hermitage with the works of Botticelli, Tintoretto, Rembrandt and Van Dyck on display to a look at the role of women in the Russian Revolution and contemporary Russian street art - we've picked out the six unmissable exhibitions for winter 2018-2019.
After causing a stir at the Louvre in Paris and Pushkin Arts Museum in Moscow, the famous Leiden Collection has arrived to the Hermitage. One of the largest private collection of the 17th-century Dutch art in the world, the Leiden collection numbers more than 250 paintings and drawings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and their contemporaries. 82 of these works are now on display at the Hermitage, including 12 paintings by Rembrandt juxtaposed the Hermitage's Dutch Golden Age collection.
Dates: 5 September 2018 - 13 January 2019
Another exhibition involving masterpieces of European art, Imperial Capitals is run in collaboration with the famous Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Each museum has contributed fourteen paintings exhibited in the grand Twelve-Column Hall of the New Hermitage. Works by Botticelli, Tintoretto, Rembrandt and Van Dyck from the Hermitage collection are paired with the paintings of the same subject, time frame and authorship from Kunsthistorisches Museum, forming unique pairs, never before exhibited together.
Dates: 5 October 2018 - 13 January 2019
This year the Russian Museum decided to pay homage to one of the most revered figures in the Soviet Union on his 200th birthday. The new exhibit explores Karl Marx's continuing influence on Russian culture and everyday life and transformation of his image from an aspiring revolutionary figure in the beginning of the 20th century and a Communist propaganda icon later in the century to an object of ridicule in the 1980s, and a controvercial historical figure in our days. There're over 100 works of art on display, including paintings, sculptures and even tapestries with Marx.
Dates: 19 September 2018 - 20 January 2019
The new exhibition at the Political History Museum looks at the Russian Revolution from women's perspective - from the feminist movements of the beginning of the 20th century, to the campaigns for the right to vote and the all-female military unit operations. The exhibition presents a selection of posters, documents, letters, photographs, clothing and other objects related to the era, demonstrating the active role of women in the Russian Revolution and in the early days of the Soviet government.
Dates: 25 October 2017 - 30 December 2018
Although the Russian Museum boasts the largest collection of Kazimir Malevich's paintings in the world, it has very few of his drawings. The celebrated avant-garde artist and the pioneer of geometric abstract art, Malevich left many of his drawings to his disciples and friends, and, luckily for us, one of these archives has recently been bequeathed to the Russian Museum. Today, this impressive collection of 117 works is finally on display in one of the branches of the Russian Museum in St Michael's Castle.
Dates: 15 November 2018 - 14 January 2019
Address: St Michael's Castle. 2 Sadovaya St.
Dubbed the Russian Banksy, street artist Pasha183 lived short and turbulent life, and died unexpectedly in 2013 at the age of 29. The new exhibition at the Street Art Museum is held as an homage to this extraordinary artist and features his canvases, stencils, art objects and videos. The curators reconstructed P183's studio with his personal belongings, and the famous art installation Loaf featuring a police van transformed into a loaf of bread. Overall, the exhibition presents over 200 of his works, including the only surviving reproduction of Alyonka chocolate bar rescued by the museum.
Dates: 17 November 2018 - 28 February 2019