There is some news exciting for everyone! The eastern wing of the General Staff Building on Palace (Dvortsovaya) Square has become the new exposition complex of the State Hermitage.
The General Staff Building – is a well-known architectural monument of Saint-Petersburg created by Rossi in 1820-1830. This amazing classical building was made opposite the Imperial Residence – Winter Palace — finishing Palace (Dvortsovaya) Square ensemble and at the same time giving the square a special status of capital administration center. At that time the General Staff of Russian Army was located in the western wing of the building, the eastern one was occupied by Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1988 the eastern (left) wing of the General Staff Building was given to the State Hermitage. In 2008 the restoration process to make the building suitable for the museum began. This immense project was finished for the 250th birthday jubilee of the State Hermitage in 2014. The halls still having the original decoration were renewed and among them, there were those ones in the empire style that used to belong to Minister of Foreign Affairs Nesselrode originally decorated by Rossi himself. Now we have the exhibition devoted to the art of those times in them.
To make museum areas in the General Staff Building the enfilade principle of the halls’ arrangement was used. “Modern epoch art” exhibition and the topic exhibition devoted to Ministry of Finance occupy the first floor. On the second one you can visit the following exhibitions – “Under the eagle. Empire style in art”, “Western-European Art of the 19th century (Germany, Holland, Belgium)”, XVIII century Guards Museum and the permanent exhibition devoted to Ministry Of Foreign Affairs. In Schukin and Morozov Brothers Gallery on the third floor you will find French painting of the second half of the 19th century: impressionists, postimpressionists, Nabi group painters. There are special halls with Matisse’, Picasso’ and other 20 century masters’ canvases. The collection is unique because for the first time all French painting of the 19-20th centuries of the Hermitage is presented together.0