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Sunday, August 07, 2005

105,000?

Howdy!

Earlier in the week, La Presse ran an article touting that the current exhbit at the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec had recieved 105,000 visitors. On the surface, this is all fine and dandy. Everybody's happy, right?

Not quite. Assuming that this figure of 105,000 was in fact, from the 26th of May until July 31, 2005. This translates into 1,615 people per day. At $15 per person this also translates into $1,575,000. For one exhibition.

In 2003, the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec had $527,000 in ticket sales. In 2004 the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec had $471,000 in ticket sales. Am I supposed to believe that with one exhibit they tripled their revenue?

There's this publication called The Art Newspaper, which publishes a list of museum attendances every year. They wrote that Picasso and Ceramics had an average attendance of 1,143 per day at the same time this year. So something about Rodin translates into a 40% increase in attendance, right?

I will be very interested in seeing the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec's annual report for this year, or the figures for the Rodin exhibit, if they are released beforehand.

And while I'm at it, why doesn't the Musée d'Art Contemporain publish their attendance figures in The Art Newspaper?

For comparison purposes
Eternal Egypt at the Royal Ontario Museum averaged 3,465/day.
Turner, Whistler, Monet at the Art Gallery of Ontario averaged 2,630/day.
Art Deco, 1910-39 at the Royal Ontario Museum averaged 1,921/day.
Cardiff, Kikauka and Kormeling at the Power Plant Gallery averaged 1,640/day.
Superflex, Kelly Wood, Christian Jankowski at the Power Plant Gallery averaged 1,214/day.
Richter,Delvoye, Boyle, Isaac, Tony Romano at the Power Plant Gallery averaged 885/day.
Global Village at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montreal averaged 810/day.
Jean Cocteau at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montreal averaged 709/day.

And I need to apologize, I just realized that I wrote pretty much the same darn thing, on March 23. However, now to answer the question I asked then, the Montreal version of Eternal Egypt averaged 2,175 people per day.

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