New permanent exhibitions of the Numismatic Department: Money in the History of World Culture and Medal Art in 18th – early 20th century Russia (the Winter Palace)On April 22, 2016 the State Hermitage Museum opened two permanent exhibitions of the Numismatic Department: Money in the History of World Culture and Medal Art in 18th – early 20th century Russia presenting over six thousand exhibits.
Money in the History of World Culture exhibition gives an overall picture of money circulation: from primitive means of exchange to modern day European currencies and plastic bank cards. Images and inscriptions, name and dates found on coins reflect the whole range of ideas and concepts enabling viewers to use money as a great source of information about economic and political history of various nations, and study material and spiritual culture of antiquity.
The collection of Russian medals owned by the Hermitage boasts more than 150 hundred items. The core of the Medal Art in 18th – early 20th century Russia exhibition – an exceptional selection of medals reflecting major events in Russian history – various awards, memorial tokens etc. allow the visitors to trace back the development of the art of medal-making in Russia; medal-making started in Russia under Peter I and his monetary reform in the early 18th century.
The exhibition also displays objects of applied art: boxes, chalices, wine bowls adorned with coins and medals, as well as Western-European paintings which subjects are linked to the topics covered in the exhibition.
Show cases deserve special attention: 32 cases date back to the time when the Münzkabinett was operating in the New Hermitage. Historical show cases had been restored and refurbished for the new exhibition becoming state-of-the-art recepticals for numismatic exhibits.
The exhibition was created by the Numismatic Department of the State Hermitage Museum; Head of the Department: Vitaly Kalinin. Exhibition and showcase design and refurbishment: the State Hermitage Department of Exhibition Design; Head of the Department: Boris Kuzyakin.