Tate Modern overtakes British Museum as UK's most popular museum, according to report

Tate Modern overtakes British Museum as UK's most popular museum, according to report

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Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive the best London offers and activities every week, by email Update newsletter preferences Tate Modern has overtaken the British Museum as the UK’s most visited museum, according to a report on 2018 visitor figures. The Art Newspaper’s annual table of museums around the world placed Tate Modern in fifth place globally, with 5.9 million visitors last year. Popular exhibitions such as Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy are thought to have attributed to the increase. The British Museum, which has been the highest ranking UK institution for the last nine years, went down to sixth place as a result. The report showed that the Royal Academy of Arts held the top two most popular ticketed exhibitions in London last year, with its Summer Exhibition curated by Grayson Perry taking the top spot, followed by an exhibition of Charles I’s art collection . Exhibitions to look forward to in 2019 17 show all Exhibitions to look forward to in 2019 1/17 Don McCullin February 5 – May 6, Tate Britain; tate.org.uk Image: Protester, Cuban Missile Crisis, Whitehall, London 1962 Don McCullin 2/17 Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams V&A, February 2 – July 14; vam.ac.uk Christian Dior 3/17 Van Gogh and Britain March 27 – August 11, Tate Britain; tate.org.uk Image: Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1887 Paris, Musée d’Orsay © RMN 4/17 Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition April 26 – September 17, Design Museum; designmuseum.org © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc 5/17 Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr March 7 – May 27, National Portrait Gallery; npg.org.uk Martin Parr / Magnum Photos October 2 – February 2, Dulwich Picture Gallery; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk Image: Rembrandt van Rijn, Philemon and Baucis, 1658 National Gallery of Art, Washington. 7/17 Dorothea Tanning February 27 – June 9, Tate Modern; tate.org.uk Image: Dorothea Tanning, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1943 Tate © DACS, 2018 October 7 – January 26, National Gallery; nationalgallery.org.uk National Gallery 9/17 Writing: Making Your Mark April 26 – August 27, British Library; bl.uk British Library 10/17 Lee Krasner: Living Colour May 30 – September 1, Barbican Centre; barbican.org.uk The Irving Penn Foundation 11/17 Diane Arbus: In the Beginning February 13 – May 6, Hayward Gallery; southbankcentre.co.uk Lady on a bus, N.Y.C. 1957, Diane Arbus 12/17 Antony Gormley September 21 – December 3, Royal Academy; royalacademy.org.uk Royal Academy May 23 – August 26, British Museum; britishmuseum.org Konami Kanata / Kodansha Ltd 14/17 Smoke and Mirrors: the Psychology of Magic April 11 – September 15, Wellcome Collection; wellcomecollection.org Courtesy of The British Library. 15/17 Tracey Emin: A Fortnight of Tears February 6 – April 7, White Cube; whitecube.com White Cube From March 8 – May 18 , Thomas Dane Gallery; Image: The New Life, 2018, installation view at the Secession, Vienna Anthea Hamilton and Thomas Dane Gallery 17/17 Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective May 24 – September 15, House of Illustration; houseofillustration.org.uk Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images February 5 – May 6, Tate Britain; tate.org.uk Image: Protester, Cuban Missile Crisis, Whitehall, London 1962 Don McCullin 2/17 Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams V&A, February 2 – July 14; vam.ac.uk Christian Dior 3/17 Van Gogh and Britain March 27 – August 11, Tate Britain; tate.org.uk Image: Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1887 Paris, Musée d’Orsay © RMN 4/17 Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition April 26 – September 17, Design Museum; designmuseum.org © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc 5/17 Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr March 7 – May 27, National Portrait Gallery; npg.org.uk Martin Parr / Magnum Photos October 2 – February 2, Dulwich Picture Gallery; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk Image: Rembrandt van Rijn, Philemon and Baucis, 1658 National Gallery of Art, Washington. 7/17 Dorothea Tanning February 27 – June 9, Tate Modern; tate.org.uk Image: Dorothea Tanning, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1943 Tate © DACS, 2018 October 7 – January 26, National Gallery; nationalgallery.org.uk National Gallery 9/17 Writing: Making Your Mark April 26 – August 27, British Library; bl.uk British Library 10/17 Lee Krasner: Living Colour May 30 – September 1, Barbican Centre; barbican.org.uk The Irving Penn Foundation 11/17 Diane Arbus: In the Beginning February 13 – May 6, Hayward Gallery; southbankcentre.co.uk Lady on a bus, N.Y.C. 1957, Diane Arbus 12/17 Antony Gormley September 21 – December 3, Royal Academy; royalacademy.org.uk Royal Academy May 23 – August 26, British Museum; britishmuseum.org Konami Kanata / Kodansha Ltd 14/17 Smoke and Mirrors: the Psychology of Magic April 11 – September 15, Wellcome Collection; wellcomecollection.org Courtesy of The British Library. 15/17 Tracey Emin: A Fortnight of Tears February 6 – April 7, White Cube; whitecube.com White Cube From March 8 – May 18 , Thomas Dane Gallery; Image: The New Life, 2018, installation view at the Secession, Vienna Anthea Hamilton and Thomas Dane Gallery 17/17 Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective May 24 – September 15, House of Illustration; houseofillustration.org.uk Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Elsewhere in the capital, the V&A Museum had record visitor numbers at 3.9 million, in part thanks to its sold out Frida Kahlo exhibition , and shows on Balenciaga and Winnie the Pooh . Despite the positive news for London venues, the numbers are still 5% down from their peak in 2014 – but the numbers have stabilised since last year’s results. The overall top spot for the most visited museum in the world remained Paris’s Louvre, with 10.2 million visitors. The gallery put the 26% increase down to its starring role in Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Apesh** video, where the couple performed amongst exhibits including the Mona Lisa. The ultimate guide to Tate Modern Another visitor surge took place at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, thanks to the unveiling of new portraits by Barack and Michelle Obama . The reported number of 2.3 million visitors was an increase of a million on the year before. The two most popular exhibitions in the world last year were both held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, which coincided with the theme for last year’s Met Ball , took the top spot with almost 1.7 million visitors – a record for the museum. In second place was a exhibition on Michelangelo’s sculptures and drawings.

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