The Groninger Museum expects to end 2018 with 235,000 visitors passing through its doors over the past year.
Translation by Traci White
With just a little over a week left to go, the museum’s visitor counter was up to 223,000 visitors as of Thursday night. As Christmas break gets underway, the Groninger Internet Courantreports that the museum expects to have an additional 12,000 people come through to see its exhibits, including the recently opened glass sculpture works of Dale Chihuly.
The biggest draw over the past year was another American artist, pop photographer David LaChapelle. An exhibit of his work, “Good News for Modern Man” was the first large-scale solo exhibition of the artist’s work in Europe. LaChapelle was followed by Avant garde in Groningen, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Groningen’s local contribution to the avant-garde scene, art collective De Ploeg.
Chihuly’s hyper colourful glass works officially opened in Groningen on 8 December and will be on exhibit at the museum until May 2019, and a whimsical feature on imaginary monsters called “Grrr! A beastly exhibition” will be on through March.
This is set to be the second highest annual visitor total for the museum in the past decade following 2016 when the museum was featuring the “David Bowie Is…” exhibit at the time of the British rock star’s death.
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