Tate in China

October 8 2018

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Picture: Shanghai Museum

It's good to see that Tate's touring exhibition in China has been such a success, as Martin Bailey reports in TAN:

The Tate’s most popular ever exhibition is not one that was staged in any of its London galleries—but in Shanghai. Landscapes of the Mind: Masterpieces from Tate Britain (1700-1980), which closed at the Shanghai Museum in August, attracted 615,000 visitors in 14 weeks—more than 6,000 a day. Up until then, the Tate’s most successful show had been Henri Matisse: the Cut-Outs at Tate Modern, which was seen by 467,000 people during 21 weeks in 2014. [...]

The two-venue exhibition has been supported by a one-off £1.3m grant from the UK government—a huge subsidy for a single show. 

It's interesting that Tate didn't just take modern works, but the full range of British landscape art, including Gainsborough, Wright of Derby and Constable. Imagine the transformative effect on interest in art history (and indeed the market) if just a small fraction of Chinese art lovers took an insterest in, say, Gainsborough.

More here.

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