Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg, established in 2014.
The idea of opening a Museum dedicated to the works of the great jeweler Carl Fabergé first came to the Link of Times Foundation in 2004. In that year, Viktor Vekselberg purchased a one-of-a-kind collection of Fabergé works which had been collected by Malcolm Forbes. Since then, the foundation has been collecting Russian works of decorative and fine art and has amassed more than 4,000 items today. In terms of its size, diversity, and the quality of its pieces, many of which belonged to the royal family and other members of the royal courts of Europe, the collection is without a doubt one of the best in the world.
The most valuable items in the Museum's collection are the nine Imperial Easter Eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Russian emperors. Each of them is a masterpiece of jewelry and art, as well as a unique historical monument to the reign and personal life of Alexander III and Nicholas II.
The exclusivity of the Fabergé collection acquired by the Link of Times foundation also comes from the fact that this collection represents all of the areas the House of Faberge specialized in: objects of fantasy of all kinds, jewelry, small goods, silverware, and interior and religious objects. In addition to works by Fabergé, the collection also includes works by his contemporaries, including famous Russian jewelers and silversmiths such as Sazikov, Ovchinnikov, Khlebnikov, Rückert and many others.
On November 25, 2017, the exhibition “Modigliani, Soutine, and Other Legends of Montparnasse” was open at Fabergé Museum. With this exhibition, the Museum continues its series of the most famous and influential artists of the twentieth century. This will be the third major showing at the Fabergé Museum in the last two years, following the hugely successful exhibitions of Salvador Dalí (2017) and Frida Kahlo (2016).
In the exhibition, a Russian audience will be able to see for the first time a unique collection of paintings by leading artists of the School of Paris in the first few decades of the twentieth century, the collection has been assembled by their contemporary and patron Jonas Netter. Works by the most famous names and the most important showpieces of Netter’s collection will be on display: paintings by Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, Maurice Utrillo, and also works by Moïse Kisling, Maurice de Vlaminck, Andre Derain, Suzanne Valadon, and other legendary masters of Montparnasse.
Altogether, the exhibition includes more than 120 works by artists of the School of Paris, which constitute the core of Jonas Netter’s unique collection.