The Exhibitionists: HERMITAGE REVEALED

Dir: Margy Kinmonth
United Kingdom / Russian Federation / United States / Netherlands / 2014 / 83mins

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The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg was built by Catherine the Great in 1764 to house her art collection and now has over 3 million works including more paintings than any other museum in the world. To celebrate its 250th anniversary the building opened its doors to director Margy Kinmonth for the first time, revealing life behind the gallery walls with the curators and staff.

Kinmonth's cameras travel through doorways, galleries and even underground to find the colony of cats which have lived on the heating pipes in the basement since the museum opened. She discovers the oldest, rarest and most precious of Russia's greatest treasures. From Rembrandt to Russian masterpieces, Hermitage Revealed is a window into this closely guarded and until now very private institution.

"As the titles suggests, the film aims to give audiences an immersive experience – to provide them with privileged access to a museum that houses many of Russia’s greatest treasures and that has had a very colourful history from the time of Catherine The Great to the present day." - The Independent