Reed Travel Features
NEW YORK -- Just how deep is the basement of the Hermitage?
The Russian state museum in St. Petersburg continues to unveil
its "lost" art -- masterpieces secretly stored away during Russia's
more than 50 years of Communism -- with no end in sight.
Last month, for example, the Hermitage debuted 89 drawings by
some of the best-known European artists of the the 19th century;
the works were thought to have been lost during World War II.
The drawings were taken from several private German collections
in the course of the war.
The exhibit, which runs through March, comes on the heels of
last year's blockbuster, "Hidden Treasures Revealed," which
showcased works by many of the great European Impressionists and
"Master Drawings Rediscovered: Treasures from Prewar German
Collections" features many of the artists who brought so much
publicity to "Hidden Treasures Revealed," including Archipenko,
Cezanne, Delacroix, Daumier, Goya and Van Gogh.
The Hermitage is located at Dvortsovaya Nab. 36 and is open
Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays
from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Hermitage's entrance fee of about $9 includes admission to
the special exhibit.
A visit to the museum is included in most packages sold by
operators to Russia, such as FinnWay-Norvista, (800) 526-4927, and
General Tours, (800) 221-2216 and (800) 847-1800.
Other off-season exhibits in Europe include the following:
* "Confronting History," at Paris' Centre Georges Pompidou
through April 7, is sure to attract crowds.
The exhibition presents a view of major events of the 20th
century seen through the paintings of Beckmann, Beuys, Chagall,
Dix, Dali Matta, Picasso, Rauschenberg and others.
The Centre Georges Pompidou, at Plac Beaubourg, is open from
noon to 10 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 10
p.m. on weekends.
Admission to the museum and the exhibit is about $9.
* Understanding how Scandinavia became a united cultural entity
is the subject of "Margrete I -- Regent of the North" at the
Nationalmuseet (National Museum) in Copenhagen, Denmark, through
In 1997 Denmark celebrates the fact that 600 years ago its
queen, Margrete, unified the warring forces of Norway (which
included today's Iceland) and Sweden (which included today's
The exhibit focuses on one of the Middle Ages' great woman
leaders and on the Nordic countries during this era.
The Nationalmuseet, at Ny Vestergade 10, is open from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays.
Admission is approximately $5.