On 7 December 2014, the Day of St. Catherine, when the State Hermitage Museum celebrated its 250th anniversary, a gala ceremony for the opening of permanent exhibitions at General Staff Building was held.
The restored halls in the East Wing of the building hold a new museum complex featuring 19th century paintings, Impressionism and Postmodernism art works from famous collections of S.I. Shchukin and I.A. Morozov, as well as collections of Russian and European decorative and applied arts. The exhibition space also includes the restored historical interiors – gala halls of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire, private apartments that belonged to Chancellor K.V. Nesselrode, rooms of the Ministry of Finance and the Museum of Guards.
It is, however, the new halls devoted to Carl Fabergé which make up one of the most fascinating parts of the new museum complex. They demonstrate the heritage of the firm, founded by renowned Carl Fabergé, as well as further developments and achievements of contemporary jewellery and stone-cutting art.
“The Rooms Dedicated to Carl Fabergé” include 3 rooms: the first room is dedicated to the main Fabergé masterpiece in the State Hermitage Museum collection directly related to the Imperial Court which is a copy of the Imperial regalia and other artefacts related to the coronation events; the second hall is meant for temporary exhibitions of jewellery and stone-cutting works made by contemporary Russian and foreign artists, the exhibition “Plastics in Metal and Stone. Works of Contemporary Masters” currently takes place there; the third hall is dedicated to the works created by the Fabergé Company.
© State Hemitage Museum and Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 10 January, 2015