Giacomo Quarenghi (1744-1817). St. Petersburg Architect

Giacomo Quarenghi came to St. Petersburg at the age of 36 at the invitation of Catherine II. According to his projects, in the next 35 years the architect lived in Russia, palaces, mansions, banks, theaters, educational institutions, shopping malls, country estates were built in the capital and the surrounding area … Some of these buildings were destroyed during the Second World War, such as The English Palace in Peterhoff, and some were remodeled, such as the Narva Triumphal Gates originally built from wood. And yet, most of the architectural creations of Giacomo Quarenghi were preserved in their original form. These are the Academy of Sciences and the Hermitage Theater, the Horse Guards Arena and Smolny Institute of Noble Girls, as well as the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo. The exhibition in the foyer of the Hermitage Theater present photos of Quarenghi work, shot by the Hermitage photographer Pavel Demidov in 2016.

March 2 – May 28, Hermitage (entrance through the Main Museum Complex)
From the Hotel Vera on trolley №7 or №11 to the stop “Dvortsovaya Ploshchad”

Exhibition “Konstantin Somov. Painting and Graphics”

KGallery opened a large-scale exhibition of one of the most vivid artists of the Silver Age, Konstantin Somov. He was born in 1869 in St. Petersburg in the family of the curator of the Hermitage Andrei Somov, and since childhood he was surrounded by art. In the gymnasium, Somov made friends with Alexander Benois and Walter Nouvel, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts with Ilya Repin, later took part in the creation of the society and magazine “The World of Art” with Sergei Diaghilev. In 1923 he went to America as an authorized representative of the “Russian Exhibition” and did not return to his homeland. In 1925 the artist settled in France. Somov’s work includes most exquisite portraits of famous contemporaries (Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Blok), compositions on the theme of balls and masquerades, porcelain artwork, illustrations to the frivolous “The Book of the Marquis”, and many others. Somov’s first personal exhibition was held in St. Petersburg in 1903, and the next one only in 1969, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the artist. Since then, there has not been a single personal show of his work. KGallery presents picturesque and graphic works from the collections of major Russian museums and private collections.

24 March – 14 May, Mon-Fri 11: 00-20: 00, Sat 12: 00-18: 00
KGallery art gallery, nab. Fontanka, 24
From the Hotel Vera on trolleybuses №5, №7, №11 to the stop “Malaya Sadovaya”, and then walk for 15 minutes. Please contact the reception desk at the hotel for more details.

Exhibition “Salvador Dali. Surrealist and classic”

The Faberge Museum ones again takes the lead from the Hermitage, where for three months, up until February this year, the work of Salvador Dali was shown at the exhibition “Surrealism in Catalonia”. The exhibition at the Faberge Museum presents paintings and graphic works by Salvador Dalí from the Gala-Dali Foundation, museum and private collections and gives an opportunity to explore the creative path of the master in detail – from the glorified surrealistic paintings of the 1930s to late works based on typical for classical Western European story based art work.

1 April – 2 July, the Faberge Museum
Nab. Fontanka, 21
From the Hotel Vera on trolleybus №5, №7 or №11, to the stop “Liteiny Prospekt”, then 5 minute walk.

Shoes as art

On April 29 at the General Staff building opens exhibition “Manolo Blanik. Shoes as art. ” A retrospective show will demonstrate what the world-famous Spanish designer has been creating for 45 years. The exposition presents 214 shoes and 30 author’s drawings.

April 29 – July 23, the Hermitage, the General Staff
From the Hotel Vera on trolley №7 or №11 to the stop “Dvortsovaya Ploshchad”
Icebreakers Festival 2017

Icebreaker Festival

For two days, April 29 and 30, St. Petersburg citizens and the guests of the city will admire the majestic ships at the Lieutenant Schmidt’s embankment. After all, St. Petersburg not only carries the title of the sea capital of Russia, it is still in charge of major naval projects, designing and building icebreakers. On April 29, at 12 noon the icebreakers will pass in a ceremonial order along the Neva, and then will moor at the embankments, where until 19:00 there will be open admission aboard the ships with an opportunity to examine the ships in the smallest detail. And next day on April 30 concerts, lectures, thematic film screenings will take place on the embankments.

All festival events are free.
From the Hotel Vera on trolleybus No. 11 to the stop “First Line”, and 5 minutes walk along the embankment.



Scheduled opening of bridges begin in St. Petersburg on the eve of the navigation season.
On April 14 navigation is planned to start on the Neva, as reported by the administration of the Volga-Baltic Basin waterways.

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