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Mikhail Piotrovskiy

General Director, State Hermitage Museum, Russian Federation

Participation in the events of the SPBILF 2018

Track: 6. Culture. Education
Discussion session

6.1. Culture Act: the Art of Law


Wednesday, 16 May, 10:00 - 11:30

Lecture hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)


Education, academic degree:

1961-1967 — Oriental Faculty of Leningrad State University, specializing in Arabic Studies.

1965-1966 — Cairo University.

1985 — Doctor of Historical Sciences.

Professional experience:

1967-1991 — Leningrad branch of the Institute for Oriental Studies.

1991-1992 — State Hermitage, first deputy director with responsibility for research work.

1992 to present — Director of the State Hermitage.

Achievements, rewards:

Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Full member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

Corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute.

Deputy chairman of the President’s Council for Art and Culture.

Professor of St. Petersburg State University.

Chairman of the Union of Museums in Russia.

President of the Worldwide Club of St. Petersburgers.

Chairman of the board of the European University in St Petersburg.

Editor-in-chief of the magazine The Christian Orient.


the Netherlands Order of Orange-Nassau (1996).

the Russian Order of Honour (1997).

the French Order of the Legion of Honour (1998, 2004).

the Swedish Order of the Polar Star (1999).

the Order for Merit to the Italian Republic (2000, 2004).

the Armenian Apostolic Church’s Order of St Mesrop (2000).

the Ukrainian Order of Yaroslav the Wise (2003).

the Order “Of Service” (Poland, 2004).

the Order of Service to the Fatherland (Russia, 2004).

the Award of the Council’s of Muftis of Russia — the Al-Fahr Order of Honour (2005).

Order of the Finish Lion (2005).

the International Prize of St. Andrew “for Faith and Loyalty” (2005).

the Order of the Rising Sun.

Gold and Silver Star (Japan, 2007).

the Silver Medal of Amsterdam (2009).

the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service (United States, 2009).

the annual Golden Bridge prize (Italy, 2010).

In 1997 a minor planet was named “Piotrovsky” by the International Astronomical Union in joint honour of Mikhail B.Piotrovsky and his father Boris B.Piotrovsky.

On May 25th, 2011, the Director of the State Hermitage Museum, Mikhail B.Piotrovsky was awarded the title of Honoured Citizen of Saint Petersburg.

Publications, scientific works:

Dr. Piotrovsky is the author of more than 200 scholarly works, including catalogues of Arabic manuscripts, the publication of mediaeval works and ancient inscriptions, works on the spiritual and political history of Islam and Arab culture, and on the archaeology of Arabia. His publications include a set of entries on Muslim mythology in the encyclopedia Myths of the Peoples of the World, a series of articles about the prophet Muhammad and the monographs: The Legend of the Himyarite King Asad al-Kamil (Moscow, 1977; Arabic translations: Sanaa, Damascus, Aden, 1978, 1979); Southern Arabia in the Early Middle Ages (Moscow, 1985);Yemen before Islam and in the First Century of the Hijra (Beirut, 1987); Koranic Tales (Moscow, 1991); Islam. An Encyclopedic Reference Book (Moscow, 1991,co-author); The Hermitage. Collections and Collectors (St Petersburg, 1997); Earthly Art — Heavenly Beauty. The Art of Islam (St Petersburg, 2000); On Islamic Art (St Petersburg, 2001), The Hermitage in the Great Museums of the World series (Slovo, Moscow, 2003), The Historical Legends of Quran. A Word and an Image (St Petersburg, 2005).