Victoria and Albert Museum’s Raphael Gallery © Matt Chung Photography

This year’s Hermitage Foundation Gala Banquet will be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum beginning with a Champagne reception in The Dome, under Dale Chihuly’s extraordinary central glass sculpture. You will then dine in The Raphael Gallery surrounded by seven large cartoons painted by Raphael for tapestries commissioned in 1515 by Pope Leo X. The tapestries were to hang in the Sistine chapel on the walls beneath the ceiling by his contemporary Michelangelo and are still hung on special occasions today. The cartoons were purchased by King Charles I and are on loan to the museum by Her Majesty The Queen.

Founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects.

Hosted by Prof. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, and James Dawnay, Chairman of The Hermitage Foundation, this year’s Gala will concentrate on the contemporary. The great artists, Anish Kapoor & Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, will be our guests of honour and young Russian artists will entertain us with their performance works. You will enjoy a lavish banquet followed by an auction of donated works of art, including works by Anselm Kiefer, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Robert Wilson, Steven McCurry and the Russian performance artists.

Steve McCurry, India , 2017

As has been the tradition with the UK’s annual Gala, the proceeds of the evening will go to The Hermitage 20/21 Project, which spearheads the museum’s new attention to contemporary art while also seeking to build a representative holding of 20th century western art, neglected during the Soviet period. Proceeds from previous Gala’s have supported important exhibitions at The Hermitage, including Antony Gormley, The Chapman Brothers, Henry Moore, Zaha Hadid, Tony Cragg and Francis Bacon. You are invited to take part in this great evening celebration. Tables for ten cost £10,000 or individual tickets can be purchased at £1,000 per head. Two exclusive Platinum Tables at £20,000 will also be available.

For further information please apply to Janice Sacher, The Hermitage Foundation UK, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA, tel. +4420 7404 7780 :

  • Date: 25 April 2018
  • The Raphael Gallery Victoria and Albert Museum Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
  • Time: 19.15 p.m.