The National Gallery of Australia's Turner from the Tate: The Making of Master exhibition attracted 153,627 visitors from all over Australia to Canberra, and injected an estimated $34 million into the ACT economy.
the light at NGA
The exhibition brought the total number of visitors to the Gallery’s two major exhibitions this year to 323,828.
Turner from the Tate closed on 15 September 2013, after being extended for an additional week.
Director of the NGA, Ron Radford said almost 70 per cent of visitors travelled from interstate to Canberra.
‘We have never before held back-to-back blockbuster exhibitions. A challenging but rewarding experience for the Gallery,'' he said.
''The total estimated economic impact for the ACT from the staging of Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris and the Moulin-Rouge and Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master amounts to $70 million.''
The exhibition presented a comprehensive overview of Turner’s monumental landscapes and atmospheric, light-filled seascapes, while offering extraordinary insights into his working life and practice.
It included over 110 works, ranging from expansive oil paintings and watercolours to intimate sketches, as well as Turner’s own paintbox and sketchbooks.
Moonlight, a study at Millbank was voted by the public as the clear favourite work of the show. This was one of Turner’s early works in oil and one of his first canvases exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1897.
The use of timed ticketing by the National Gallery of Australia again proved very successful and allowed visitors to choose a day and time to see the exhibition.
Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru will bethe Gallery’s next major exhibition opening on 6 December 2013. It will showcase the splendour of the ancient cultures of Peru.
Most popular: Moonlight, a Study at Millbank, exhibited 1797.
Photo: © Tate.
Edition 382, 8 October 2013