Monday 11 September 2017
18.00 – 19.30
BP Lecture Theatre
In this exclusive event for Members, the directors of two of the world’s largest museums – Hartwig Fischer of the British Museum and Dr Mikhail Piotrovsky of the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – will discuss the role of the encyclopaedic museum in the 21st century. The discussion will be chaired by Fiammetta Rocco, Editor of Books and Arts at The Economist. Both directors will discuss the future of museums and their individual roles, as well as how cultural leaders can collaborate.
Dr Piotrovsky has been Director of the State Hermitage Museum since 1992. He has undertaken archaeological excavations in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Yemen, and has authored more than 250 works on topics including Arabic manuscripts, medieval monuments and ancient inscriptions, Islamic political history, Arab culture, and the archaeology of Arabia.
Hartwig Fischer has been Director of the British Museum since April 2016, the first non-British head of the Museum since 1866. From 2012 to 2016, he was Director of the Dresden State Art Collections where he was responsible for fourteen museums and four separate institutions in three cities.
Fiammetta Rocco was appointed Editor of Books and Arts at The Economist in 2003, and supervises all The Economist’s book reviews and culture coverage. She has written two Economist special reports, one on the art market and the other on the future of museums. She has also served on the panels for several book prizes, both for fiction and non-fiction, and is the administrator of The Man Booker International Prize for Fiction.