Tuesday, May 03, 2005

most visited?

If you had one guess of what is the most visited contemporary art museum what would it be? If you guessed the new Modern Museum in NY you would be wrong! Tate Modern in London is the most trafficked museum.

"It puts the Tate, with more than four million visitors each year, well in front of the Pompidou in Paris, its closest rival, and far ahead of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Every year it gets almost five times as many visitors as Frank Gehry's Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. It is the world's most visited museum of contemporary art." Guardian

Here are some numbered facts about the Tate:
21,752,664: Number of visitors since Tate Modern opened in 2000.

20,971 Number of Damien Hurst's badges sold in Tate Modern shop.

4,671: Number of visitors each day who visited Tate Modern's most popular exhibition, Matisse/Picasso, in 2002

£1,000: Going rate for re-sold invitations to the opening party in 2000.

103 minutes: Length of the average visit.

99 metres: Height of Bankside Power Station chimney.

60%: The amount of extra space available in the proposed new wing.

35: metres Height of Tate Modern's Turbine Hall.

19: Number of rooms dedicated to the Andy Warhol exhibition in 2000.

5: The bestselling postcards in the Tate Modern shop are: Marcel Duchamp's Fountain; Henri Matisse's The Snail; Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space; Edgar Degas's Little Dancer Aged Fourteen; and David Hockney's A Bigger Splash.


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