Picasso exhibition attracts record visitors
Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901, which closed 27 May 2013, attracted 137,438 visitors, the highest attendance figure ever achieved for a show at The Courtauld Gallery, London. The previous record was 97,236 for Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: Beyond the Moulin Rouge, on view from 16 June to 18 September 2011.
Becoming Picasso told the remarkable story of Pablo Picasso’s breakthrough year as an artist – 1901. It was the year that the highly ambitious nineteen-year-old first launched his career in Paris at a debut summer exhibition with the influential dealer Ambroise Vollard. Refusing to rest on the success of this show, Picasso (1881-1973) charted new artistic directions in the second half of the year, heralding the beginning of his now famous Blue period.
Ernst Vegelin, Head of The Courtauld Gallery, said: “We are very encouraged that there continues to be such an appetite for our research-led approach to exhibitions. It is clear that audiences do not just want large blockbuster shows but also enjoy the opportunity of looking in depth at focused subjects.”