Published on : Saturday, April 9, 2016
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley welcomed Sebastian Williams, aged 11 years old, through the doors as the popular exhibition’s 300,000th visitor. Sebastian came to the exhibition with her family from Hawaii as part of a holiday to Melbourne.
“This is a great day for the National Gallery of Victoria, and it’s more proof Victoria is the creative state. Milestones like these help make our city and state a cultural hotspot for visitors from right around the globe,” Foley said in a press statement.
The Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei opened in December, and it’s proven a showstopper ever since. Some 11,000 students have explored the mark the two artists have made on modern art and contemporary life. Nearly 20 per cent of ticketholders have travelled from interstate, and 10 per cent from overseas.
The exhibition has smashed the previous summer record for attendees, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, which attracted 226,918 visitors in 2014-15.
“This blockbuster has attracted visitors from all over Victoria, Australia and the world. It demonstrates the growing appetite for creative industries and why the NGV is Australia’s favourite gallery,” the minister said.
The NGV has been ranked the 21st most visited gallery in the world by the United Kingdom’s The Art Newspaper. Some 2.4 million people visited the world-renowned NGV in 2015, up from just over 2 million in 2014. The Gallery has attracted a 53 per cent increase in attendance over the last three years.
The world-premiere exhibition, Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, includes more than 300 works by the iconic contemporary duo – two of the most influential creators of the 20th and 21st century
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei is open daily at the NGV until April 24.