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399,127 visitors attend Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei exhibition at NGV

399,127 visitors attend Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei exhibition at NGV
May 6, 2016

The National Gallery of Victoria’s blockbuster exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei closed at the end of last month with a final attendance of 399,127, making it the highest-selling ticketed exhibition in the NGV’s history.

Commenting on the performance of the exhibition on the NGV website, NGV Director Tony Ellwood stated “we are delighted so many Victorians and visitors to the NGV celebrated the art of two of the most significant artists of the 20th and 21st century and the connections between their practices.

“The artists championed causes that were critical to their generations and did so with great bravery and artistic merit.

“Both artists have explored contemporary life, art and politics in profound and inventive ways and it has been exciting to see their observations resonate with our audiences.”

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei was developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, USA, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, and explored the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern art and contemporary life, focusing on the parallels between the two artists’ practices.

Surveying the scope of both artists’ careers, the exhibition at the NGV presented more 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of paintings, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media.

Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley added “this world premiere exhibition attracted local, national and international attention and acclaim, but its success amounts to much more than just incredible ticket sales.

“The exhibition brought people of all ages up close to world-renowned contemporary art, demonstrating why our NGV is Australia’s most popular gallery and why Victoria is the creative state.”

The exhibition will now travel to The Andy Warhol Museum opening on 4th June 2016.

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19th April 2016 - VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES $115 MILLION IN NEW ARTS FUNDING 

11th February 2016 - NGV ACQUIRES HIGHLY-PRIZED FASHION COLLECTION

14th January 2016 - NGV EXTENDS OPENING HOURS AS ANDY WARHOL AND AI WEIWEI EXHIBITION DRAWS RECORD CROWDS

19th June 2014 - BLUEPRINT TO ENSURE MELBOURNE REMAINS THE ARTS CAPITAL 

14th March 2013 - HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART ANDY WARHOL EXHIBITION GREETS 200,000TH VISITOR


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