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A festive Winter at the Hermitage
Saturday 8 December to 6 January 2019

A festive Winter at the Hermitage

In December, the Hermitage Amsterdam – also known as the Winter Palace on the Amstel – will once again be transformed into a festive paradise. Come and experience the ultimate festive month from Saturday 8 December to Sunday 6 January, with daily activities for young and old. From Gallery Talks with the exhibition makers, various concerts, creative workshops for children, adults and families, to an all-time favourite: the pub quiz. We bring the year to a close with a visit from Father Frost and bring in the New Year with a traditional New Year’s concert in the Church Hall. 

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Family studio (Wed 26 Dec, Fri 4, Sun 6 Jan, 2 pm)
Especially for families: go on an interactive tour through the exhibition Classic Beauties and then make your own artwork in one of the beautiful studios. Everyone is welcome, young and old.

Drawing clinic Classic Beauties (Thurs 20 Dec, Thurs 3 Jan, 2 pm)
The main hall in the exhibition is temporarily transformed into a drawing studio. Learn to draw the human form, with professional guidance, surrounded by Antonio Canova’s masterpieces. Suitable for adults and for children aged 8 and above.

Lecture: female Grand Tourists (Sat 8 Dec, 2 pm)            
A lecture by Janneke Budding about eighteenth century female artists such as Angelika Kauffmann, whose beautiful work can be seen in Classic Beauties.

Gallery Talks by the exhibition makers (Wed 12, Fri 14, Tues 18 Dec, 11 am)
Usually reserved for the Friends of the Hermitage, but now open to everyone especially for this festive month. The makers of the exhibition take you with them on a trip to Rome in the eighteenth century. 

  • Paul Mosterd deputy director Hermitage Amsterdam (12 Dec)
  • Cathelijne Broers, director Hermitage Amsterdam (14 Dec)
  • Natascha Wieman, curator Classic Beauties (18 Dec)

Pub quiz by Pubquiz.nl (Fri 21 Dec, 4 pm)
Test your Hermitage knowledge during this exciting knowledge quiz, be in to win great prizes and start your Friday afternoon with a real Dutch snack platter! Free entry for children up to 11 years old. 

Concert: Beethoven and Mozart by Elysium Amsterdam (Sun 23 Dec, 2 pm)
Rapidly rising star, violinist Elise Besemer has brought together an ensemble of young, talented musicians under the name Elysium Amsterdam. During this festive month they play heavenly music together in the Hermitage Church Hall.  

Workshop for adults: Paint a statue (Thurs 27 Dec, 2 pm)
Imagine yourself in eighteenth century Rome and study the marble statues by the master Antonio Canova under professional guidance. The first part of the workshop consists of sketching in the exhibition, then we go to the studio to continue working with acrylic.

Workshop for adults: Life drawing workshop (Sat 29 Dec, 2 pm)
Learn to draw the human body under professional guidance, inspired by the eighteenth century artists. The workshop begins with sketching in the exhibition, then we continue in the studio where you can work from a live model.

Piano music in the restaurant cafe (Sat 8, Sun 9, Sat 15, Sun 16, Sat 22, Sun 23, Sat 29, Sun 30 Dec, Sat 5, Sun 6 Jan, 2–5 pm)
Between 14:00 and 17:00 every weekend day in December and until 13 January, live piano music will be played in the restaurant cafe. Light classical, occasionally interspersed with the Beatles or Sinatra, and of course also with carols around Christmas time.

Winter evenings on the Amstel (Sat 15, 8.15 pm; Sun 16, 1 pm; Mon 17 Dec, 8.15 pm)
True to tradition, the chamber music festival Winter Evenings on the Amstel will once again be taking place in the Hermitage Amsterdam this year. Audiences are/will be treated to the best, (mainly Russian) chamber music. For more information and tickets see winteravondenaandeamstel.nl.

New Year’s concert (Tues 1 Jan, 2 pm)
Chamber choir Soglasije sings excerpts from the St Matthew Passion by Metropolitan bishop and composer Hilarion Alfayev; the Orthodox equivalent to Bach.

Father Frost visits the Hermitage (Sun 30 Dec, all day)
The traditional Russian figure, Father Frost (Ded Moroz) bears many similarities to Father Christmas. His visit to the Hermitage Amsterdam is a festive way to end the year. He is accompanied by his helping hand Snegurochka, also known as the Snow Maiden.

You can meet Father Frost throughout the entire day and of course you can take photos. Alongside this there are two extra activities:

11 am: Have you always wanted to know more about Russian Christmas and Father Frost? Russia expert and traveller René Moorman takes you on a trip through history and teaches you about Russian culture and its rich traditions.

2 pm: Storytime with Father Frost! Listen to Father Frost read the magical Russian winter fairy tales under the Yolka (Christmas tree). Suitable for all ages.

Classic Beauties Chef’s Lunch (daily, noon – 2.30 pm)
Enjoy the delicious Chef’s Lunch in the restaurant café at the Hermitage. The menu, put together by our chef Patrick Goijaerts, is inspired by the current exhibition Classic Beauties. The museum café has delicious winter treats, including mulled wine and hot chocolate.

Good to know: during the Christmas holidays there is a special children’s menu with a real chocolate fountain for dessert! Combines well with a visit to the Christmas circus at Carré. 

We advise you to make a reservation via inforestaurant@hermitage.nl.

Jazz at the Plantage 2019

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Masterpieces from the Hermitage