hermitage museum foundation

Projects & Campaigns


Since its inception in 1994, the HMF has contributed significantly to the preservation of the Hermitage’s collections and the historic buildings in which they are housed. Among the Museum’s treasures whose restoration and conservation have been made possible by the Foundation and its donors are Alexander Kruger’s stunning equestrian portrait of Alexander I in the Hall of 1812 and David Roentgen’s Apollo bureau purchased by Catherine the Great as well as the renovation of the Greek and Roman galleries. The HMF has also participated in the first phase of the redevelopment of the Hermitage website in order to make its electronic collections and digital resources more accessible to online visitors.

Currently, a major goal of the HMF is to secure post-War and contemporary art for the twentieth century galleries to be housed in the newly-refurbished General Staff building by means of its Art from America™ initiative. The Foundation has helped build the Hermitage’s holdings by facilitating gifts such as antiquities (a collection of Urartu artifacts), photography, decorative objects and works by contemporary artists.

The HMF and associated advisors have also helped make possible important exhibitions of contemporary art at the Hermitage by Louise Bourgeois (2001); Cy Twombly (2003) and Willem de Kooning (2006). The Foundation has collaborated with the Houston Museum of Natural Science in order to bring to America the blockbuster exhibition Treasures from the Hermitage: Russia’s Crown Jewels, which has been curated by HMF President, Peter Schaffer. Under development for its opening in 2013 is Houghton Revisited, the recreation at Houghton Hall itself of the Walpole Collection purchased by Catherine the Great in 1779, and a loan exhibition from the Sainsbury Collection that will bring works of Bacon to the Hermitage in 2014.

The Foundation

Join us in preserving and promoting one of the most important cultural treasures in the world by joining the Hermitage Museum Foundation. All donations are tax deductible under US law.

You can easily make a direct donation in the amount of your choosing.