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Who Topped the Charts of the Best Exhibitions & Museums of 2018?
Drumroll please: The yearly results from The Art Newspaper’s 2018 international survey have been r...
News 03 Apr 2019

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination via CUB magazine 
The yearly results from The Art Newspaper’s 2018 annual international visitor figures survey have been revealed. It’s the annual survey that investigates into the highs and lows of the the most popular museums and exhibitions worldwide while examining the contributing reasons.
Within the survey American museums and exhibitions dominated the lists. After Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York last topped the The Art Newspaper’s annual museum exhibition attendance survey list in 2001 with its show on Vermeer and the Delft School. The US institution of the Metropolitan Museum of Art made a remarkable re-entry nearly two decades later onto the leaderboard  with the two most popular exhibitions of 2018. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, a Costume Institute show that confidently mashed together religious works of art with haute couture, was seen by nearly 1.7 million people, averaging on 10,919 visitors a day. The Met’s other key player of 2018 was Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer which drew in around 7,893 visitors a day. Coming swiftly in third place was the Do Ho Suh: almost home exhibition at the SAAM in Washington DC.
In the far east, The Shanghai Museum, became home to five of the ten most popular exhibitions in 2018, including exhibitions that showcased foreign collections from overseas museums. Meanwhile, in Japan, Van Gogh, the Bauhaus and single-artist shows on 20th-century Japanese painters Higashiyama Kaii , Yokoyama Taikan and Foujita Tsuguharu helped the attendance at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto to grow over a third, from the figures last year. However the most popular exhibition in Japan continues to be the Nara National Museum’s yearly display of objects from the Shoso-in treasury.
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The Tate Modern via TATE website 
The Tate Modern jumped over the spot of the British Museum this year as the most visited gallery in the UK, with nearly 50,000 more visitors, most likely down to its highly successful exhibition, Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy. Other British museums that dominated the top 10 list, were the London’s National Gallery which came in 7th and the Victoria and Albert Museum close behind in 10th, no doubt with a little help from it’s successful Frida Kahlo exhibition. The Royal Academy of Arts also had a glowing year after setting a new record of nearly 300,000 in attendance for its annual Summer Exhibition, which was curated by artist Grayson Perry.
Moving across the pond over to France, the Louvre’s attendance rose over 26%. You can read here why we think a big merci is owed to the music power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z for the surge in attendance.
You can find all the stats and full report here.
Text by Peigi Mackillop

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