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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Art Exhibitions and Galleries

The first public art exhibition was held in the Palais Royale, Paris in 1667.

The most visited art museum in the world, The Louvre, officially opened in 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings.

In 1824 the British Parliament voted to spend £57,000 purchasing 38 pictures from insurance broker and patron of the arts, John Julius Angerstein, to establish a British national collection. The National Gallery opened in Angerstein's former townhouse on No. 100 Pall Mall later in the year on May 10, 1824. The present building in Trafalgar Square, the third to house the National Gallery, opened in 1838.

Inside the National Portrait Gallery, 2008. By Herry Lawford from London, 

London's Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain) was officially opened in London by the future Edward VII, then Prince of Wales on July 21, 1897. It was paid for by Henry Tate’s sugar fortune.

Georges Braque was the first to exhibit a Cubist work, at the Salon des Independants in 1908.

The Arts Club of Chicago hosted the opening of Pablo Picasso's first solo United States showing on March 20, 1923. Entitled Original Drawings by Pablo Picasso, the artist wrote to the organizers instructing them how to mount and display his work. The exhibition, which included 53 pieces made from 1907–21 was an early proponent of modern art in the United States. It ran until April 22, 1923.

1913–14, L'Homme aux cartes (Card Player) By Pablo Picasso - Museum of Modern Art, 

The world's largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visitors would have to walk 15 miles to see the 322 galleries which houses nearly 3 million works of art.

The National Gallery of Art was officially opened In Washington, D.C.,by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.on March 17, 1941. The Gallery's collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts traces the development of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present, including the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas.

By AgnosticPreachersKid -  Wikipedia Commons

Salvador Dali once arrived to an art exhibition in a limousine filled with turnips.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City hung Matisse's Le Bateau upside-down for 47 days in 1961 before an art student noticed the error.

The largest art heist in history was completed in 1990 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, totaling 13 paintings worth $500,000,000. To this day, all of the empty frames are still hanging, acting as placeholders until the pieces are returned.

The Museum of Bad Art in Boston, America, holds the record for ‘least valuable art collection in a public museum’, with 573 works worth a total of $1,197 (£912) .

The Louvre in Paris was the most visited art museum in 2011, according to the Art Newspaper. The publication's annual poll stated that nearly 8.9 million people visited the French institute, which was almost a 5% increase on last year. New York's Metropolitan Museum Of Art was the second most visited venue, with the British Museum in third place. The Louvre has topped the annual list since it began in 2007.

The average time spent looking at a painting in a gallery is 28 seconds.

Source Daily Mail

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