Hermitage shows more 'hidden' art

February 02, 1997|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has recently opened its second exhibition of "hidden" art, treasures taken by Soviet troops from Germany at the end of World War II. In 1995, the museum mounted a show of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings from German collections that broke attendance records. The new exhibition, "Master Drawings Rediscovered: Treasures from Prewar German Collections," opened in December and will run at least through the end of March. The exhibit includes 89 works by such artists as Goya, Daumier, Delacroix, Cezanne and Van Gogh.

Several tour operators are offering packages to St. Petersburg focusing on the exhibit. Intourist-Rahim Tours, (800) 556-5305, for example, is offering four-day trips to St. Petersburg ranging from $437 to $1,358 a person, based on two people sharing a room. The price, which includes breakfast, depends on which hotel is selected. Airfare is not included. A Mariinsky Theater performance and excursions to the Hermitage, the Russian Museum and Petrodvorets, the summer residence of the czars are included.

Tours conducted by Norvista Travel Services, (800) 526-4927, depart Friday nights through the end of March. Round-trip airfare, three nights accommodations, a tour of the Hermitage Museum and dinner on Saturday night are included. In addition, participants receive a copy of the exhibition catalog, "Master Drawings Rediscovered" by Tatiana Ilatovskaya (Abrams, $49.50), which is also available in United States bookstores. The price starts at $749 during February, $799 during March, per person based on double occupancy.

In February and March, the New York-based Russian Travel Bureau, (212) 986-1500 or (800) 847-1800, is offering a five-night stay in St. Petersburg starting at $777 a person including airfare on Finnair. The tour includes a day in the Hermitage and a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress.

Pub Date: 2/02/97

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