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Houghton Revisited

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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The magnificent art collection of Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was sold to Catherine the Great in 1779 to adorn her Hermitage in St. Petersburg and will—for the first time in 234 years—be reassembled in its spectacular original setting of Houghton Hall. The participating museums and collections who made this remarkable exhibit possible are the State Hermitage Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the State Museum Pavlovsk, the Norwich Castle Museum, the British Museum, the Far East Museum of Fine Arts in Khabarovsk, the Perm State Art Gallery, and the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum-Preserve.The magnificent art collection of Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was sold to Catherine the Great in 1779 to adorn her Hermitage in St. Petersburg and will—for the first time in 234 years—be reassembled in its spectacular original setting of Houghton Hall. The participating museums and collections who made this remarkable exhibit possible are the State Hermitage Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the State Museum Pavlovsk, the Norwich Castle Museum, the British Museum, the Far East Museum of Fine Arts in Khabarovsk, the Perm State Art Gallery, and the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum-Preserve.

The Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA), is proud to announce the forthcoming Houghton Revisited Exhibition. As one of its Sponsors and organizers, we encourage you to support this unparalleled event either by visiting it or by contributing financially to enable this unique international museum collaboration effort. Here are some of the ways you can support Houghton Revisited:

Visit the Exhibition
You can book your admission either in person at Houghton Hall or online at the Houghton Revisited website

Gala Dinner 
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, England.

Ticket Price: US $2,500 per person (of which $2,000 is tax deductible through the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA))

Payment method: Check or wire transfer to the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA). Please contact us for bank account details if you chose to make a payment by wire.

Program:
May 8th: Reception and Private Viewing – 6 pm
Dinner – 7:45 pm
Carriages – 10:30 pm
May 9th - 3-6pm: Special tour of the Exhibition by its curator, Thierry Morel

Gala Dinner Attire: Black Tie

RSVP by April 26th at info@hermitagemuseumfoundation.org
 

For more information on Houghton Revisited
and to purchase tickets please call 917-410-1463.


Other levels of support



HORACE WALPOLE Level: US $7,500 and higher

  • An invitation for two to the Gala Opening reception and dinner at Houghton Hall
  • An invitation for two to an exclusive lunch and curator’s tour of the Exhibition for Individual Patrons
  • Two hardback copies of the Exhibition catalogue Houghton Revisited published by the Royal Academy of Arts (2013)
  • Acknowledgement of your gift on the Exhibition supporter panel in the State Rooms and in the Exhibition guide and catalogue


SIR ROBERT WALPOLE Level: US $15,000 and higher

  • An invitation for two to attend a private lunch or dinner hosted by Lord Cholmondeley at Houghton Hall
  • Two invitations for two to the Gala Opening reception and dinner at Houghton Hall
  • An invitation for two to an exclusive lunch and curator’s tour of the Exhibition for Individual Patrons
  • Invitations to key events held over the course of the Exhibition
  • Four hardback copies of the exhibition catalogue Houghton Revisited published by the Royal Academy of Arts (2013)
  • Acknowledgement of your gift on the Exhibition supporter panel in the State Rooms and in the Exhibition guide and catalogue


CATHERINE THE GREAT Level: US $30,000 and higher

  • The opportunity to host a reception, lunch or dinner at Houghton Hall including a tour led by Exhibition curator, Dr. Thierry Morel
  • An invitation for two to attend a private dinner or lunch hosted by Lord Cholmondeley at Houghton Hall.
  • Three invitations for two to the Gala Opening reception and dinner at Houghton Hall
  • An invitation for two to an exclusive lunch and curator’s tour of the Exhibition for Individual Patrons
  • Invitations to key events held over the course of the Exhibition
  • Six hardback copies of the Exhibition catalogue Houghton Revisited published by the Royal Academy of Arts (2013)
  • Acknowledgement of your gift on the Exhibition supporter panel in the State Rooms and in the Exhibition guide and Royal Academy catalogue

AND FOR US $100,000 and higher

  • A special weekend party can be arranged at Houghton for sponsors and their guests hosted by Lord and Lady Cholmondeley. This would be an occasion to discover the magic of Houghton and its hidden secrets first hand
     

 

 

Houghton Revisited runs from May 17th to September 29th. It is a rare opportunity to view one of the most famous art collections of eighteenth-century Europe in its original setting. The display will include paintings from the English, French, Italian, Flemish and Spanish schools, with masterpieces by Van Dyck, Poussin, Albani, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Murillo.

Houghton Hall, currently the family seat of Sir Robert Walpole’s direct descendant, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, is considered one of the country’s finest Palladian homes.

Houghton Hall was specifically designed to house Walpole’s prized collection of Old Master paintings. The magnificent interiors and furnishings designed by William Kent are also still intact. The paintings in the Houghton Revisited exhibition will be hung in their original positions in the State Rooms, bringing them back to their full splendor of more than two centuries ago.

As well as hosting the Houghton Revisited exhibition in 2013, Houghton’s singular history and interior, the award-winning five acre garden, the contemporary sculpture park, playground and restaurant, offer something of interest to everyone, and make for a great day out for all the family.

More resources about Houghton Revisited:

http://www.houghtonhall.com
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