EMPEROR CARLOS ON HIS LAST LEGS AS HE CANNOT ATTEND RUSSIA?

Spanish Queen Opens Exhibit of Art Treasures from Russia

MADRID – Spain’s Queen Sofia inaugurated on Monday the “Hermitage in the Prado” exhibition, which has brought to Madrid a selection of almost 180 art treasures from the famed museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The queen was accompanied by Culture Minister Angeles Gonzalez Sinde, Russian Ambassador Alexander Kuznetsov and by the president of the Madrid region, Esperanza Aguirre.

King Juan Carlos had planned to attend, but was advised by his doctors to rest.

Closely following the explanations of the deputy director of the Hermitage, Georgy Vilinbakhov, the queen studied the showcases exhibiting some of the principal items from the Siberian Collection of Peter I, comprising gold articles from a Eurasian nomadic culture.

Together with Francisco Gonzalez, president of the BBVA Foundation, and Charo Otegui, president of Spanish Cultural Action, institutions that are sponsoring the exhibition, Sofia was also accompanied in her viewing of paintings and sculptures from the Hermitage by the president of the Prado foundation, Placido Arango, museum director Miguel Zugaza, and Russia’s Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev.

Organized as part of the 2011 Spain-Russia Dual Year, the exhibition is open to visitors every day of the week until March 25, 2012. EFE

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