No ruler in antiquity appeals to the imagination as much as Alexander the Great (356 BC – 323 BC, king from 336 BC). The exhibition The Immortal Alexander The Great at the Hermitage was dedicated to his life.
During his campaigns in the East, Alexander went in search of the origins of Dionysus, who, according to the ancient Greeks, came from the exotic East, possibly India. Alexander followed in Dionysus’s footsteps and reached many countries: Egypt, Syria, Bactria, Persia, India and Mongolia. Everywhere he founded new capitals and named them all Alexandria.
Alexander left behind a legacy of Greek culture in the form of Hellenism. And his fame lived on, long after antiquity. He was an example to many European, Russian and Islamic rulers. Paintings, tapestries and decorative art depicted Alexander’s life and history.
The Immortal Alexander The Great covered all these aspects, with objects from classical antiquity to the modern age, of Western and non-Western origins. The exhibition was on display from 18 September 2010 to 18 March 2011.
The Hermitage Amsterdam takes it as their mission to draw upon art and history to inspire, enrich, and offer the opportunity for reflection. By way of their exhibitions and activities, the museum presents world heritage from the collections of various museums in innovative ways. First of all, they host a major art exhibition with items from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg for the Dutch and international public twice a year. With over 3.5 million items, the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg is one of the biggest museums in the world. Moreover, the museum also houses collections from other museums, including the Amsterdam Museum, the Rijksmuseum (the exhibition Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century), and Museum van de Geest | Dolhuys (Museum of the Mind | Outsider Art).
The museum is housed in the Amstelhof, a historical building that used to be a home for the elderly from the late 15th all the way to the early 21th century. Only in 2007, the last residents were moved out of the building, which was in dire need of renovation. Two years later, on 20 June 2009 the Hermitage Amsterdam was opened to the public with the launch of the exhibition At the Russian court.
De Nieuwe Kerk/Hermitage Amsterdam
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