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    AMSTERDAM, February 11 (RIA Novosti correspondent Alexander Dobrovolsky) - Over 80,000 have visited the exhibition of the Hermitage (St. Petersburg), Russia's largest arts museum over two months. The exposition "Love from the Hermitage" features 250 paintings, sculptures and ancient vases.

    "People are highly interested in the exhibition. We are convinced that thousands of Dutchmen will attend it," exposition director Ernst Veen told RIA Novosti.

    The exhibition was open in December 2003 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in the New Church building on Amsterdam's central square. It will last for another two months. The 15th century church has been recently used as an art gallery, where works of art from the world's greatest museums are exhibited.

    According to Ernst Veen, the foundation of the Hermitage friends works in Netherlands. It helps to collect money on the repairs of the Hermitage building, the former royal palace. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands will open a permanent branch of the Hermitage in a repaired building of the 17th century on February 24. Works of art from the Hermitage depositories will be exhibited there.

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