A strong start to 2014 for London’s Tate Modern

London, 21 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA) The Tate Modern has announced that Hyundai is to sponsor its Turbine Hall installations until 2025. The news comes alongside the announcement of a new visitor record for 2012-2013, and the opening of a new 21,000m2 space by 2016, which is already 85% financed. The sponsorship deal was announced by Nicholas Serota, the Tate Modern’s director, Maria Miller, British Minister for Culture and Eusin Chung, Vice-President of Hyundai. The automobile group is to finance projects in the museum’s Turbine Hall – the first of which is to take place in autumn 2015. The financial value of the contract has not been specified, but is probably superior to the £4.4 million spent by Unilever, a previous Tate partner between 2000 and 2012. The announcement of Unilever’s departure in August 2012, coupled with government funding cuts, was a great source of worry for Serota, who commented to the BBC: “These deals are essential. We’ve seen a reduction in government grant. The great significance is it allows us to plan a series of commissions: we know we can do it; we have the money to do it.” The Tate Modern, which opened in 2000, has shown enormously popular exhibitions and installations in its Turbine Hall, with featured artists having included Louise Bourgeois, Olafur Eliasson, Ai Wei Wei and Anish Kapoor. In addition to this long partnership of 11 years –  5 is the norm – Hyundai is to release funds for the Tate to acquire nine works by Nam June Paik, the Korean video art pioneer. 20 January also marked the achievement of a new bridge to connect the museum to its new, 21,000m2 wing – which is to increase the Tate Modern’s capacity by 60%. The building’s extension, estimated at £215 million, has...

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Record number of visitors to Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon

Lyon, 21 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA) Lyon’s Museum of Fine Arts has seen a record number of visitors – 331,000 – pass through its doors in 2013. The increase of o.3% is small, but has stabilised 2012’s excellent results, which saw a 23% increase in visitor numbers compared with 2011. The figures speak for the musuem’s strategy, particularly highlighting the success of its temporary exhibitions in 2013: “Métissage, la collection Denise et Michel Meynet” (Hybrid: the collection of Denise and Michel Meynet), and especially “Joseph Cornell et les surréalistes à New York” (Joseph Cornell and the New York Surrealists). The latter is on show until February, and has already attracted close to 66,000 visitors. In addition, the record consolidates the museum’s ambitious acquisition policy. In 2013, three new works were added to its collection: Ingres’s L’Arétin et l’envoyé de Charles Quint (1848), thanks to the support of 1,536 donators; as well as two Jean-Honoré Fragonard paintings, acquired with the support of business members from the Club du Musée Saint-Pierre: L’Abreuvoir (c. 1765) and Le Rocher (c. 1780), both of which are classed as objects of major historical interest. The Museum of Fine Arts has announced its exhibition programme for 2014, including a significant show entitled “From Degas to Bacon”, which is to take place in the autumn and is to celebrate the collector Jacqueline...

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New visitor record at the British Museum

London, 16 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The British Museum in London welcomed 6.7 million visitors in 2013, a new record for the museum. The British Museum announced its visitor figures for 2013, with the institution witnessing increase in the number of visitors of 20%, compared with 2012. This is a new record for the museum, beating its figure of 5.9 million visitors in 2008. The exhibition “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum” was the most-frequented show, with more than 471,000 visitors, a figure that places it as the third most popular exhibition in the institution’s history. The top position is still held by the 1972 exhibition “The Treasures of Tutankhamun”, which attracted 1.6 million...

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Eight million visitors to the Tate museums between 2012-2013

London, 24 September 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Lord Browne, President of the Tate, has announced that during the year 2012-2013, the four Tate museums (Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives) have received in total at least eight million visitors. The Tate Modern alone recorded 5.5 million visitors, mainly thanks to its retrospective dedicated to Damien Hirst. The exhibition attracted on average nearly 463,000 visitors in total, which, in terms of attendance, puts it just after the 2002 retrospective dedicated to “Matisse-Picasso”. The Tate museums, which are some of the world’s most frequented cultural institutions, confirms these...

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Visitor records show museums are popular

Paris, 3 January 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). Like every year, the beginning of January marks the time of museum reports and those of institutions all across the globe who anticipate on one result: the number of visitor attendance. The economic crisis doesn’t seem to be affecting the increasing number of visitors and some museum have already announced broken records for visitor attendance in 2011. France continues to be a top destination for French and foreign tourists as they ensure to stop at certain museums and national monuments during their stay. Almost 27 million people have visited French museums in 2011, an increase of 5% from the previous year. The hundreds of national monuments (Notre-Dame in Paris, Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, Arc de Triomphe, etc.) are doing better each year with 9 million visitors, an increase of 5.5%. The Parisian aura continues to shine internationally and the museums in the capital evidently obtain the highest rate of attendance, with the Louvre taking the lead by far on the French and global podium. In fact, it had announced the record-breaking figure of 8.8 million visitors, making it 300,000 more than the previous year. It holds a place over other internationally famous institutions including the British Museum and the Metropolitan in New York, these two main competitors. In 2010, both museums attracted 5.8 million and 5.2 million people, according to British newspaper, The Art Newspaper. Although the Parisians have found a renewed interest in their iconic Louvre museum and its famous pyramid (+ 17% in 2011), the visitors in the galleries are mostly foreign (66 %). Most of the foreign visitors are from the United States, but also from emerging countries like Brazil, and of course China and Japan. Contemporary art is not to be outdone in Paris as the Centre Pompidou also...

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