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Piotrovsky Mikhail Borisovich

Director of The State Hermitage Museum

Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1944. His father, Boris Borisovich Piotrovski, an eminent archaeologist was director of The State Hermitage Museum from 1964 to 1990.

In 1996 Mikhail Piotrovsky graduated with honours from the Oriental Faculty of Leningrad State University, specializing in Arabic Studies, in 1967. He also attended Cairo University from 1965 to 1966. He entered the Leningrad branch of the Institute for Oriental Studies as a research assistant in 1967 and worked there until 1991. In 1991 he was invited to join the Hermitage staff as first deputy director with responsibility for research work. In July 1992 Mikhail Piotrovsky was appointed Director of the State Hermitage by government decree.

Dr. Piotrovsky has taken part in archaeological excavations in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Yemen. He is the author of more than 200 scholarly works, including catalogues of Arabic manuscripts, the publication of mediaeval works and ancient inscriptions, works on the spiritual and political history of Islam and Arab culture, and on the archaeology of Arabia. His publications include a set of entries on Muslim mythology in the encyclopedia Myths of the Peoples of the World, a series of articles about the prophet Muhammad and the monographs: The Legend of the Himyarite King Asad al-Kamil (Moscow, 1977; Arabic translations: Sanaa, Damascus, Aden, 1978, 1979); Southern Arabia in the Early Middle Ages (Moscow, 1985);Yemen before Islam and in the First Century of the Hijra (Beirut, 1987); Koranic Tales (Moscow, 1991); Islam. An Encyclopedic Reference Book (Moscow, 1991,co-author); The Hermitage. Collections and Collectors (St Petersburg, 1997); Earthly Art - Heavenly Beauty. The Art of Islam (St Petersburg, 2000); On Islamic Art (St Petersburg, 2001), The Hermitage in the Great Museums of the World series (Slovo, Moscow, 2003), The Historical Legends of Quran. A Word and an Image (St Petersburg, 2005).

Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a full member of the Russian Academy of Arts, and a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute, deputy chairman of the Presidents Council for Art and Culture, a professor of St. Petersburg State University, chairman of the Union of Museums in Russia, president of the Worldwide Club of St. Petersburgers, chairman of the board of the European University in St Petersburg, editor-in-chief of the magazine The Christian Orient.

He has been awarded the Netherlands Order of Orange-Nassau (1996), the Russian Order of Honour (1997), the French Order of the Legion of Honour (1998, 2004), the Swedish Order of the Polar Star (1999), the Order for Merit to the Italian Republic (2000, 2004), the Armenian Apostolic Church's Order of St Mesrop (2000), the Ukrainian Order of Yaroslav the Wise (2003), the Order "Of Service" (Poland, 2004), the Order of Service to the Fatherland (Russia, 2004), the Award of the Council's of Muftis of Russia - the - Al - Fahr Order of Honour (2005),), Order of the Finish Lion (2005), the International Prize of St. Andrew "for Faith and Loyalty" (2005), the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star (Japan, 2007), the Silver Medal of Amsterdam (2009), the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service (United States, 2009), the annual Golden Bridge prize (Italy, 2010).

In 2003 Mikhail Piotrovsky has been awarded the President Prize in the Field of Art and Literature.

In 1997 a minor planet was named "Piotrovsky" by the International Astronomical Union in joint honour of Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky and his father Boris Borisovich Piotrovsky.

On May 25th, 2011, the Director of the State Hermitage Museum, Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky was awarded the title of Honoured Citizen of Saint Petersburg.



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GALA BANQUET IN THE WINTER PALACE, 29 JUNE 2019, SATURDAY

GALA BANQUET IN THE WINTER PALACE, 29 JUNE 2019, SATURDAY

The acquisition of Anselm Kieferís ďAuroraĒ

The acquisition of Anselm Kieferís ďAuroraĒ

13th Charity Gala in the Winter Palace

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The Capital No. 2

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TKB Investment Partners is Appointed Management Company for the Newly Formed Endowment Capital

TKB Investment Partners is Appointed Management Company for the Newly Formed Endowment Capital

Establishing an Additional Endowment Capital

Establishing an Additional Endowment Capital

Traditional Charity Gala Reception in the Winter Palace

Traditional Charity Gala Reception in the Winter Palace

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Donation from the Employees of the State Hermitage

The Special Endowment Fund Management for the Development of the State Hermitage Museum is grateful to Mikhail Novikov and Ekaterina Sirakanian

The 10th Gala Charitable Banquet in the Winter Palace

On 26 June 2015 the 10th Gala Charitable Banquet took place in the Winter Palace.

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Meeting of the Board of Trustees

December 7, a meeting of the Board of Trustees was held.
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