Here’s the Most Popular Museums & Exhibitions of 2019

Ai Weiwei’s “RAIZ” survey claims the top spot.

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The Art Newspaper just published its 2019 report of the most visited museums and exhibitions. The annual survey reflects data gleaned from attendance numbers across institutions worldwide with the exception of several museums in Asia and Italy that were not able to participate in this year’s report.

Ai Weiwei‘s monumental “RAIZ” exhibition in Brazil secured the number one spot on the list of shows. Over 1.1 million came to see the acclaimed Chinese artist’s major retrospective that featured a series of monolithic, cast iron sculptures portraying giant tree roots. As far as highly-attended museums are concerned, the Musée du Louvre in Paris reclaims first place in the publisher’s survey. London’s Tate Modern and Tate Britain also had a record-setting year with 6.1 million visitors and 1.8 million attendees, respectively.

View The Art Newpaper‘s top 10 lists of most visited museums and exhibitions below.

Top 10 Most-Visited Museums of 2019:
1. Musée du Louvre
2. National Museum of China
3. Vatican Museums
4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
5. British Museum
6. Tate Modern
7. National Gallery
8. State Hermitage
9. Reina Sofía
10. National Gallery of Art

Top 10 Most-Visited Exhibitions of 2019
1. “DreamWorks” at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro
2. “DreamWorks” at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Belo Horizonte
3. “Ai Weiwei: RAIZ” at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Belo Horizonte
4. “Munch: A Retrospective” at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
5. “Gustav Klimt: Vienna, Japan 1900” at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
6. “Tutankhamun: Treasures of Golden Pharaoh” at La Villette
7. “To-ji Temple: Kukai and Sculpture Mandala” at Tokyo National Museum
8. “Jean-Michel Basquiat/ Egon Schiele” at Fondation Louis Vuitton
9. “Diane Arbus: Box of Ten Photographs” at the Smithsonian
10. “50 Years of Realism: Photorealism to VR” at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro

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