David Hockney’s Tate Britain retrospective has become the gallery’s most successful exhibition, seen by almost 500,000 visitors.
The work of Britain most famous living artist proved so popular, the gallery had to open until midnight on the final three days of the 16 week long exhibition to meet demands.
Hockney’s exhibition sold over 35,000 advanced tickets, making this the fasting selling exhibition in Tate Britain history, despite opening to mixed reviews.
Alex Farquharson, Tate Britain’s director, said: “The response to this retrospective – the first in 29 years – has been incredible. It is wonderful that so many people have had the chance to see it, and that they found the exhibition so exciting, thought-provoking and moving.”
Hockney, who described his exhibition as like “spending time with old friends,” beat the previous record set by Damien Hirst in 2012 by almost 15,000 visitors.
Six decades of work were covered, spanning Hockney’s iconic early work capturing L.A., his groundbreaking depictions of sexuality and intimacy and his more recent Yorkshire landscapes, including the divisive ‘iPad’ drawings from his last major London show ‘A Bigger Picture’.
And in case you missed the show, it can now be seen at the Centre Pompidou Paris from 21 June to 23 October 2017.
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