Victoria Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
National Gallery Of Victoria Cracks The Global Top 20
Victor P Taffa
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is not only Australia’s most popular gallery, but one of the top 20 most visited worldwide as revealed by the UK’s The Art Newspaper in its latest survey of global art museum attendance.
“Our National Gallery, led by Tony Ellwood is known for setting its sights high and it consistently delivers, not only locally but on the world stage.” Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said.
“It’s no mean feat for a gallery in a city with a relatively small population to be ranked among the top museums on earth. It’s something all Victorians as the owners of the NGV can be proud of.”
In 2016 the NGV was the 19th most popular gallery in the world with more than 2.6 Million visitors across its two campuses. The ranking places the gallery in the company of Paris’ Musee d’Orsay and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
In 2016 ranking moved the gallery up 2 places from its 2015 ranking of 21. NGV’s attendance figures have been rapidly increasing year on year.
- Year 2014 Over 2 Million visitors
- Year 2015 2.4 Million visitors
- Year 2016 2.6 Million visitors
“These fantastic results show that Victoria is truly the creative state and once again illustrate the leadership role our creative sector plays, both nationally and globally.” Mr. Foley said.
NGV’s program in 2016 included the record-breaking Andy Warhol|Ai Weiwei summer exhibition, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Degas: A New Vision and the Summer Kids Festival which attracted over 22,000 children in just 11 days.
Another Victorian success story on the list was Melbourne-based artist Patricia Piccinini, whose free exhibition Consciousness at Rio de Janeiro’s Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil was ranked number 2 in the world with a reported 444,425 visitors over 8,000 visitors a day.