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The Hermitage Foundation UK invites to participate in the Online Auction for The Hermitage Foundation Gala Dinner!

Published 24 April 2018

The Hermitage Foundation UK invites to participate in the Online Auction for The Hermitage Foundation Gala Dinner!

This year’s Hermitage Foundation Gala Banquet will be held on Wednesday 25 April 2018, at the Victoria and Albert Museum beginning with a Champagne reception in The Dome, under the Dale Chihuly’s extraordinary central glass sculpture.  You will then dine in The Raphael Gallery surrounded by seven large cartoons painted by Raphael for tapestries commissioned in 1515 by Pope Leo X. The tapestries were to hang in the Sistine chapel on the walls beneath the ceiling by his contemporary Michelangelo and are still hung on special occasions today. The cartoons were purchased by King Charles I and are on loan to the museum by Her Majesty The Queen.

Hosted by Prof. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, and James Dawnay, Chairman of The Hermitage Foundation, this year’s Gala will concentrate on the contemporary. The great artists, Anish Kapoor & Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, will be our guests of honour and young Russian artists will present their works. You will enjoy a lavish banquet followed by an auction of donated works of art, including works by Anselm Kiefer, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Robert Wilson, Steve McCurry and the Russian artists.

As has been the tradition with the UK’s annual Gala, the proceeds of the evening will go to The Hermitage 20/21 Project, which spearheads the museum’s new attention to contemporary art while also seeking to build a representative holding of 20th century western art, neglected during the Soviet period. Proceeds from previous Gala’s have supported important exhibitions at The Hermitage, including Antony Gormley, The Chapman Brothers, Henry Moore, Zaha Hadid, Tony Cragg and Francis Bacon.

You are invited to take part in this great evening celebration. Tables for ten cost £10,000 or individual tickets can be purchased at £1,000 per head.  Two exclusive Platinum Tables at £20,000 will also be available.

For further information please apply to Janice Sacher, The Hermitage Foundation UK, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA, tel. +4420 7404 7780 : info@hermitagefoundation.co.uk