The Royal Academy’s exhibition “Turks: A journey of a thousand years 600-1600” is attracting large crowds. At least 300,000 visitors are expected before the show closes on 12 April. It was expensive to mount, costing over £1.6 million ($3 million), but received £795,000 in sponsorship, the largest ever for an exhibition at the RA. The main sponsors are the Turkish-owned Aygaz industrial conglomerate and Garanti Bank, along with the UK-based Corus steel group. The show was opened by the Turkish deputy prime minister Abdullah Gul, an indication that the government sees the exhibition as a way of improving its international image at a time when it is seeking admission to the European Union. Meanwhile, “Turner, Whistler, Monet” began last month at Tate Britain, with a record 28,000 tickets sold before the opening. Running until 15 May, it could well break the attendance record for Tate Britain, 200,000 for Lucian Freud three years ago.
Royal Academy and Tate exhibitions heading for top attendance
“Turks: A journey of a thousand years 600-1600” and “Turner, Whistler, Monet” have been wildly successful
1 March 2005