Hermitage museum opens exhibition on the end of the era of the Romanovs

Hermitage museum opens exhibition on the end of the era of the Romanovs

It is hundred years ago that the Russian revolution broke out. This meant the end of the Romanovs, the tsar’s family that the some three hundred years had in Russia. The Hermitage Amsterdam, in the exhibition the Romanovs & Revolution, which opens Saturday, the story of the last tsar and tsarina, Nicholas II and Alexandra and how the monarchy fell.

More than 250 films, photos, paintings and other personal items show how St. Petersburg has changed from a mundane city to a place where great social unrest emerged. Various choices and decisions of Nicholas II eventually led to communist Russia.

The museum displays upon entry, the impersonated famous shopping arcade, Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg, where in shop windows, on the one hand, the thriving side of the city is lit, but where on the other hand, the turmoil comes to the fore, which under Nicholas II was created.

Letters, diaries, costumes and toys of the five children, to show further the life of the imperial family. Such as the sudden death of Nicholas’ father, the marriage, the coronation, where many of the dead and the worry about their son, the heir to the throne, which the disease from haemophilia. To see how gebedsgenezer Grigory Rasputin an increasingly important role was in their life and how ultimately the two revolutions followed.


The family is finally after a period of captivity in 1918 murdered. The exhibition is one of the murder weapons. Also, the museum is showing two telegrams, which, according to curator Vincent Boele show that the murder was covered up. The bodies ended up in a secret place and were only in the nineties dug up. On the remains of two children, who in 2007 have been found.

According to Boele is especially that there are so many things are preserved, since the winter palace where the family lived pretty messed up was achieved. “Apparently the soldiers had so much respect for the tsars that they are not just all dared to take.”

The exhibition, on view from 4 February to 17 september, is exclusive to Western Europe and the collection is coming from the State Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, the Artillery Museum in the same city and the Russian state archives in Moscow.


A month later in the Fotomuseum in Den Hague, also an exhibition about the tsar’s family. The museum will be seventy pictures of the Romanovs, who were created by the Swiss Pierre Gilliard (1879-1962). He was the private teacher of the children.

Gilliard began in 1911, with the shooting of the family, where he is closely involved. So he went, even on holiday. “His intimate, disarming and sometimes eerie images of boat rides and speelpartijen show the still seemingly carefree years before the fateful end of the last tsar of Russia,” according to the museum.

The exposition of the museum is from 4 march to 11 June.

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