Art's Most Popular: exhibition and museum visitor figures 2017

The Art Newspaper's exclusive annual survey ranks the world's most visited shows, reveals the most cultured city in the US, and explains the secrets behind naming a blockbuster


Works by Unkai at the Tokyo National Museum The Asahi Shimbun via Getty

The results of The Art Newspaper's annual survey are in. Who came out on top? Where? And what does it mean for the art market?

Ancient sculptures in Tokyo and Modern masters in Paris vie for top spot

Icons of Modern Art: the Shchukin Collection at the Fondation Louis Vuitton Martin Argyroglo

Ranked: the top ten most popular shows around the world, including Old Masters, Asian, Post-Impressionist and Modern

Follow the footfall

Musée Guimet in Paris courtesy of Saatchi Gallery

How museums can double their visitor numbers—featuring DJs at the Musée Guimet in Paris

Think differently and "belong to the public"

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids Pete McDaniel

What is the most cultured city in the US? (Think Grand Rapids, Bentonville or Houston—but not New York)

On breaking the stereotypes

Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends at The Museum of Modern Art Carly Gaebe

The price of gallery-going in London—and how it compares with Paris and New York

Blockbuster shows don't come cheap

The New Museum aims to create atmospheric exhibition titles The New Museum; Scott Rudd

Active or passive? With or without a colon? Why choosing a name for an exhibition is anything but straightforward

"There needs to be a little bit of sexiness to it"

Cloud of popular art shows The Art Newspaper

The most popular words in titles for the top 100 exhibitions in 1997 compared with the most common themes for shows in 2017

Infographic: can you spot the difference?