The Hermitage Amsterdam seeks to inspire, enrich and offer reflection with art and history. Through the ties we had carefully built with the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, we had access to one of the world’s most famous art collections, from which we could draw on for our exhibitions. For a long time the Hermitage Amsterdam distanced itself from political developments in Putin’s Russia. After all, politics focuses on the reality of daily life, while our focus is on art treasures and movements that span centuries.