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March 06, 2006

Art Attendance?

If you had any question.. Where is all the growth/demand (geographically) in the Art World going to be over the next few years..???  Here's a list of the most widely attended art museum shows from around the world during 2005.

2005 Museum Show Ranked By Daily Attendance

1. Hokusai: Tokyo National Museum. (9,436 daily)

2. National Treasures of the Toshodaiji Temple: Tokyo National.

3. 19th-Century Masterpieces From the Louvre: Yokohama Museum.

4. Vincent Van Gogh Drawings: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.(6,571 daily)

5. Cezanne and Pissarro: Museum of Modern Art, New York.

6. Turner Whistler Monet: Grand Palais, Paris. (6,043 daily)

7. 19th-Century Masterpieces From the Louvre: Kyoto City Museum.

8. Thomas Demand: Museum of Modern Art, New York.

9. Tutankhamun and the Pharaohs: Los Angeles County Mus. of Art.

10. Van Gogh in Context: National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

11. Masterpieces From Museum Island, Berlin: Tokyo National.

12. Tutankhamun, Golden Beyond: Kunst der Bundesrepublik, Bonn.

13. Chanel: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

14. Friedlander: MoMA, New York.

15. Works From the UBS Collection: MoMA, New York.

16. Groundswell, Contemporary Landscape: MoMA, New York.

17. Matisse, His Art and Textiles: Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

18. Salvador Dali: Philadelphia Museum of Art.

19. Turner Whistler Monet, Tate Britain, London. (4,024 daily)

20. Dresden, Mirror of World: Nat. Mus. of Western Art, Tokyo.

(Source: Artnewspaper, London)

So, 4 of the top 7, and 6 out of the top 11 were in Japan!! This is the second year of Japan topping the list! Here's a full story & extended list with all the detail numbers from Artnewspaper.. Download artAttendance.pdf

Also very interesting.. 2 of the top 6 US Museum shows in attendance were of Photography by Living Artists!  Thomas Demand, and Lee Friedlander.  Is this just popular fancy, US museums pandering to the public masses for purely financial interests.. or a continuing trend towards acceptance of new media as a dominate force in 21st century Art?

Hmmm.. Maybe that's why those opportunistic wise people  at Sotheby's are holding their first..

Contemporary Art Asia: China Japan Korea Auction on March 31st in NYC !


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