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Attendance survey 2011: Brazil’s exhibition boom puts Rio on top

From The Art Newspaper

Escher worked his magic in Rio, McQueen reigned supreme in New York, but Tokyo's shows hit by after-effects of earthquake in our annual worldwide survey

When we be­gan our annual sur­vey of the best at­tended exhibitions in 1996, to make the top ten a show needed to attract around 3,000 visitors a day. In our survey of 2011 shows, to make the top ten required almost 7,000 visitors a day. Among them was “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”, a posthumous tribute by the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. On average, more than 8,000 people a day went (in total around 660,000). The must-see show helped the Met to a record year in our survey, taking its annual total figure to more than six million, up from 5.2 million in 2010.

The increase in the number of people going to see the exhibitions in our surveys over the years has been remarkable. In 1996, around four million people went to the top ten shows. Last year almost six million people went to see the ten best-attended shows (even more if you include our “big ticket” category, see the full pdf).

Rather than a US, European or Japanese institution, a Brazilian one, the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil’s (CCBB) Rio de Janeiro space, comes top. Read more.

Kuwaiti Censors Shut Down Art Show Because of Complaints
From Hyperallergic by Adnan Z. Manjal on March 26, 2012

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — On the evening of March 5, contemporary Kuwaiti artist Shurooq Amin opened her anticipated solo exhibition in Kuwait’s Al M. Gallery. A large crowd of people was in attendance, and many pieces were sold immediately after the doors opened at 8 pm. But by 10 pm local police ordered the exhibition closed and started questioning the artist and gallery owner on-site.

The police had received complaints that the artwork was of a “pornographic” nature and unsuitable to be shown in Kuwait. More investigators arrived and started taking photos of the paintings with their phones, sending them to the Ministry of Interior Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce. In the end, all the paintings were removed and the exhibition was shut down. “This act of invasion of privacy and freedom of expression is unconstitutional. They did not even have a warrant,” Amin wrote in an email to Hyperallergic. “We don’t know who complained, but we are working on finding out.” Read more.

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