KLM Cargo transport Dutch masterpieces from St Petersburg to Amsterdam


After hundreds of years, they will temporarily be returning home – KLM Cargo will be transporting works by Dutch masters from St Petersburg to Amsterdam. Secure transport will be on hand at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to bring the works to the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam on Friday morning, 29 September. The works, including Rembrandt’s “Young Woman with Earrings”, will be on show at the exhibition “Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsars”.

KLM Cargo was entrusted with a number of the masterpieces that will be on show at the Hermitage Amsterdam from 7 October. The works were transported in special, custom-made crates, ensuring that they arrive in perfect condition.


KLM believes it is important to invest in preserving cultural heritage. This partnership with the Hermitage Amsterdam is one example of this kind of investment. We are proud that KLM Cargo has been entrusted with the transportation of these works, ensuring that they will be temporarily on show in the Netherlands after more than 300 years.
Marcel de Nooijer, Executive Vice President KLM Cargo
It’s a complex operation transporting so many works by Dutch Masters. In the past, the works were usually transported by ship after purchase, but now they will be coming by road and air, which involves all sorts of regulations and security. KLM has a great deal of experience in this regard.
Cathelijne Broers, director of the Hermitage Amsterdam

KLM Cargo is specialised in the secure transportation of art and other valuable and special cargo. In the past, KLM Cargo transported works such as Johannes Vermeer’s “Milkmaid” and Damien Hirst’s “Shark”, which weighs 5,000 kilos. In 2016, KLM Cargo brought the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex from the United States to the Netherlands, for an exhibition at Naturalis in Leiden. And in April 2017, they transported two pandas from China to the Netherlands, where they found a new home at Ouwehands Dierenpark.

The exhibition “Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsars” will be on at the Hermitage Amsterdam from 7 October through 27 May 2018. It will include a total of 63 works by 50 Dutch Masters of the Golden Age, including six paintings by Rembrandt. The majority of these paintings are permanently on show and have not been exhibited in the Netherlands since they were purchased by the tsars.