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Vermeer in Tokyo tops 2012 art exhibition attendance

March 28th, 2013

Attendance survey 2012: Tour de force show puts Tokyo on top
by Javier Pes and Emily Sharpe
published online: The Art Newspaper , 28 March 2013


Evidently, Old Masters do not grow old.

Not surprisingly, the Tokyo leg of the Masterpieces from the Mauritshuis exhibit—with Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring as the absolute star—racked up 758,26 visitors (about 10,573 a day) and placed first in 2012 attendance for art exhibitions. The exhibitions was staged at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum which was newly reopened after refurbishment.

That Vermeer is somewhat of a mania in Japan, however, is not news.

On the other hand, Modern art dominated the bill in New York and Paris. David Hockney’s large-scale works on canvas attracted a very healthy 7,512 visitors a day.

To see the exhibition rankings, download the pdf.