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Art's Most Popular 2019

Everything you need to know about 2018's exhibition and museum visitor figures

The Art Newspaper's exclusive annual survey ranks the world's most visited shows in 2018, looks at the rise of Instagram-friendly exhibitions, and reveals the secrets of getting into a blockbuster

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Ranked: the top ten most popular shows in their categories from around the world

Including Old Masters, Contemporary, Post-Impressionist and Modern, and more

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Art in the age of Instagram and the power of going viral

As visitors to exhibitions are increasingly sharing their experiences online, should curators plan shows for maximum hype?

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Relax and immerse yourself... the art of experiencing museums slowly

Schemes such as Slow Art Day offer an alternative to life in the fast lane, away from the jostling crowds and selfie-takers

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Art's Most Popular 2019

How global art can provide a kick-start to local economies

Special exhibitions mean big money—not only for the museums that hold them but for local businesses as well

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Suffering from the blockbuster blues? Here are some top tips for beating the exhibition queues

We asked museums for advice and The Art Newspaper team for their best hacks

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Exhibitions are a numbers game, whether we like it or not

Today's directors are focused on figures—and not always for the right reasons

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Art's Most Popular 2019

A dash of fashion and a pinch of gratis: the perfect recipe for a sell-out show

From creating “experiences” to being fashion-friendly, museums are getting savvy at driving visitors to their exhibitions. Here are some tricks of the trade

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Museum visits drop in Taipei as relations sour with China

Taiwanese museum has seen a significant decline in visitors since 2015, our Art's Most Popular research shows

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Heavenly figures: how two Met shows topped The Art Newspaper’s attendance survey

The New York museum's Heavenly Bodies exhibition came first even though curator “never set out to create a hit”

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Leaders

When it comes to museum attendance, it’s more than just a numbers game

London's National Portrait Gallery director on the way cultural institutions engage audiences and measure success

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Art's Most Popular: here are 2018's most visited shows and museums

Fashion continues upward trend in the US, shooting to the top of The Art Newspaper's chart, while the British Museum slips from the top spot in the UK

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Museums

Louvre Abu Dhabi tops one million visitors in its first year

Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronière will remain on loan to the museum for another year

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Frieze London 2018

There is more to exhibitions than number-crunching

Our public institutions must hold their nerve and dare to offer audiences varied experiences, even at the expense of popular appeal

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National Portrait Gallery

London's National Portrait Gallery’s contemporary art programme resonates more with the art world than the public

Though not as dire as first thought, visitor figures for the museum's contemporary shows have still been poor

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Attendance

London's National Portrait Gallery's steep decline in visitors due to counting error

“Human error” by Ipsos Retail Performance blamed for museum’s disastrous recent visitor numbers

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Art's Most Popular

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

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Art's Most Popular

The world's most popular exhibition? Ancient sculptures in Tokyo versus Modern masters in Paris

Plus record crowds in US, UK and Australia

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Art's Most Popular

Ranked: the top ten most popular shows in their categories from around the world

Including Old Masters, Asian, Post-Impressionist and Modern

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Art's Most Popular

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

Think differently and "belong to the public"

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Art's Most Popular

What is the most cultured city in the US?

Think Grand Rapids, Bentonville or Houston—but not New York

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Art's Most Popular

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

Blockbuster shows don't come cheap

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Art's Most Popular

Why choosing a name for an exhibition is anything but straightforward

Active or passive? With or without a colon?

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Infographic: how exhibition titles compare, then and now

Can you spot the difference?

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Diary of an art historian

How abolishing museum image fees could boost audiences

New research shows that image licensing is barely profitable for some UK museums