On December 7th, the State Hermitage Museum will begin celebrating its 250th Anniversary, and their General Director Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky has invited Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah’s Director General Sheikha Hussa Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah, Secretary-General of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) Mr. Ali al-Yoha, and the Undersecretary for Islamic Culture at the NCCAL Mr. Abdulkarim al-Ghadban to participate in the celebration.

Sheikha Hussa

The 250th anniversary celebration will include the opening of the new exhibition spaces in the Eastern Wing of the General Staff Building (new art exhibition of the 19th-20th-21st centuries); the newly restored Great Church of the Winter Palace, the Small Throne Hall and the White Column Hall with the new permanent display of oriental arms and armours; the new exhibition space in the Small Hermitage and the newly opened next stage of the restoration and open storage facility.

Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah has always fostered and nurtured a positive relationship with the Hermitage Museum that dates back to 1990 when they helped protect and preserve many of the artifacts from the al-Sabah Collection, which were exhibited in the Islamic Art and Patronage: Treasures from Kuwait exhibition, during the Iraqi occupation and Gulf War.

At the official ceremony celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Hermitage Museum, the guests were treated to an operatic performance at the Hermitage Theatre and a ceremonious gala dinner. At dinner, Sheikha Hussa was joined at the table by an old friend and past lecturer at Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah Professor Vitaly Naumkin, the President of the Orienalists Institute of the Academy of Science in Russia.

To commemorate the Hermitage Museum’s 250th Anniversary, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin presented two rare gifts: a time-piece that dates back to the era of Empress Catherine and a beautiful fabergé egg.