January 26, 2015
We are delighted to tell you that the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, will exhibit our beloved Lod Mosaic from December 19, 2014 to April 25, 2015. The exhibition: Unfading Colours: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel (Немеркнущие краски: Римская мозаика из Лода, Израиль), of the 3rd century CE ancient masterpiece in the galleries of this world famous museum, known for its superb collections of Roman antiquities, will be the first joint archaeological exhibition from Israel in the grand Hermitage. This is a cause for excitement and pride, strengthening and expanding cultural relations between Israel and Russia. Following the exhibition of the Lod Mosaic in the majestic Wadddesdon Manor, UK, the State Hermitage Museum will present the Lod Mosaic in the newly renovated exhibition galleries of the 1830 Carlo Rossi designed General Staff Building as part of a number of special exhibitions on view during the Hermitage's 250th Anniversary Year. The exhibition of the Lod Mosaic in the State Hermitage Museum is a rare opportunity to share with the people of the city, its Jewish community and the millions of international visitors to this wonderful museum one of the most spectacular cultural heritage objects ever discovered in Israel.
The Hermitage Museum exhibition of the Lod Mosaic will complete a multi-city international tour of nine museums, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, the Altes Museum and Waddesdon Manor, making this the most visited traveling exhibition from Israel. At the close of the Hermitage Museum exhibition, the Lod Mosaic, excavated in 1996 by the archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority, will return to Israel and be permanently exhibited in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Museum currently under construction in Lod.