83,500 Visitors for Ron Mueck at the National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa - May 8, 2007
During a mere nine week stay at the National Gallery of Canada, the exhibition Ron Mueck was host to an impressive 83,500 visitors who flocked to view the largest collection of Mueck’s work shown since the beginning of his career.
The Gallery’s Visitor Services team responded to the massive popularity of the exhibition, which opened 2 March and closed 6 May, by offering extended hours over the last two weekends Ron Mueck was on view. With lineups trailing out the door, the exhibition saw nearly 5,000 visitors Saturday 5 May alone. In addition to exhibition attendance, the accompanying audioguide and catalogue were similarly popular, selling at in excess of 9,200 and 1,100 units respectively during the two-month span of the show.
The exhibition was organized by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain (Paris), in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada, the Brooklyn Museum and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and presented by the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.
Also showing simultaneously was the work of a leading contemporary Haida artist, Robert Davidson who expands and transforms his understanding of Haida art and cultural practice through engagement with abstraction, reclaiming cultural knowledge, and developing a personal iconography in his art. This exhibition, which closed at the same time was organized by the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, circulated by the National Gallery of Canada, and presented by Bombardier.
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