21 November 2017 (Tuesday), 18.00
Professor Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky, General Director of the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg will deliver an open lecture titled Museum – a Conservative Innovator.
“The Ravens Hall” conference room
Lecture in Russian (simultaneous interpreting into Polish)
Professor Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky, the General Director of the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, son of Boris Borisovich Piotrovsky, an eminent archaeologist, who worked as the director of Hermitage in the years 1964–1990. Graduate of Oriental Studies (The Chair of Arab Studies) of the Leningrad State University (1967). In the years 1967–1991, he was a researcher at the Leningrad branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies. Since 1991 he was the First Deputy Director of the State Hermitage, and since July 1992 he is a General Director of the State Hermitage. Participant of archaeological expeditions in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Yemen. Author of more than 250 academic works about the history and culture of Arabic countries, including a catalogue of Arabic manuscripts. Member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences and an active member of the Russian Academy of Arts. In the years 2001–2011 he was the Deputy Chairman of the Council for Culture and Arts under the President of the Russian Federation. Dean of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the St. Petersburg State University. Honorary Doctor of universities in Kazan and Saratov, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the European University in St. Petersburg. President of the Union of Museums of Russia. Author of the series “My Hermitage” at the Russian public television, and a regular column “The View from the Hermitage” in the “Sankt-Peterburgskie Vedomosti”. Laureate of prestigious awards in Russia and internationally, including the State Prize of Russia for his contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage in Russia and globally (2017). He received numerous honorary awards, including the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2004). An Honoured Citizen of St. Petersburg (2011).