Six students travel part of the Silk Road for the Hermitage Amsterdam

The project Silk Road Vice Versa was launched in the Hermitage Amsterdam on Thursday 27 February 2014 at the opening of the exhibition Expedition Silk Road, which was attended by EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes. This project will send six students of archaeology, history and art history to Central Asia to travel part of the legendary Silk Road. Over a four-month period they will study the State Hermitage Museum’s collection of Silk Road artefacts in Amsterdam and explore the Silk Road in Central Asia as it is today. As they study the countries and cultures, the landscape, trade, music, food and animals, their objective will be to find contemporary evidence of the enormous cultural exchange fostered by the ancient Silk Road. They will report on the project before and during the expedition through video logs and weblogs, so that the general public in the Netherlands can follow them at the exhibition and through social media. In June they will return with objects that attest to cultural exchange along the Silk Road. The students involved in this project are Mike de Booij (22), Rens Bravenboer (21), Eren Nazim Cam (25), Nadia Hamid (31), Janine van Noorden (20) and Vera Tolstoy (24). They will be awarded official marks towards their degree for their participation in this project, which has been organised by the Hermitage Amsterdam and the University of Leiden, with support from KLM.

This project forms part of the exhibition Expedition Silk Road. Treasures from the Hermitage, which opened to the public on 1 March. Until 5 September the Hermitage Amsterdam will display the rare beauty of over 250 objects recovered from sites along the Silk Road by Russian expeditions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These objects include wall paintings, sculptures and a range of treasures made of silk, silver, glass, gold and terracotta. Visitors tread in the footsteps of Russian explorers who charted the routes taken by the first Buddhist monks in the second and first centuries BC, and kings, merchants and warriors in the early Middle Ages. Like the caravans which crossed inhospitable regions many centuries ago, eager to arrive at oases, royal cities and monasteries, visitors to the Hermitage can follow the same trade routes – from west to east or east to west – and discover fabulous ancient treasures.

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