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MAKING VAN GOGH ends as the most visited exhibition of the Städel Museum

19.02.2020 | 13:01 Clock | Culture
MAKING VAN GOGH ends as the most visited exhibition of the Städel Museum

That the exhibition would be a complete success was already foreseeable before the doors of the Städel opened for MAKING VAN GOGH for the first time. But that over half a million visitors flocked to the museum on the banks of the Main between the end of October and last Sunday, making the show the most visited exhibition in the history of the Städel Museum, was not a matter of course. A total of 505,750 visitors, some of whom had to wait a long time to visit the comprehensive special exhibition. </The successful show focused on the creation of the "Myth of van Gogh" around 1900 and the significance of his art for modernism in Germany. The Städel brought together more than 120 paintings and works on paper, with 50 central works by Vincent van Gogh from all creative phases forming the core of the exhibition. MAKING VAN GOGH was thus also the most extensive presentation of the painter's works in Germany for almost 20 years, attracting not only art lovers from Frankfurt and the surrounding area to the Städel Museum. And so in the end, the previous leaders - "Monet and the birth of Impressionism" (2015, 432,121 visitors) and "Botticelli" (2009/2010, 367,033 visitors), followed by "Dürer. Art - Artists - Context" (2013/2014, 258,577 visitors) - will once again be clearly overshadowed. </Right from the start, visitor interest was so great that the regular opening hours were extended by one hour, until 19.00 hrs. Since the rush did not decrease towards the end, but an extension was not possible for various reasons, the works were shown daily until 9 pm during the last two weeks. On the last exhibition weekend (Fri and Sat) the museum even closed its doors at 23.00 hrs. </There are also a number of success stories about the supporting programme: A total of 4,570 guided tours were offered, including 465 tours for daycare centres and schools and 875 overview tours in German and English. And the free audio guide app for the exhibition MAKING VAN GOGH, spoken by actor Lars Eidinger, was downloaded over 100,000 times. But that's not all: The five-part podcast FINDING VAN GOGH about the eventful history of the legendary painting Portrait of Dr. Gachet (1890) has been streamed and downloaded a total of 210,000 times so far. The Städel Museum was also nominated for the German Podcast Award 2020 in the category "Best Production" and for the Golden Bloggers 2019 in the category "Best Podcast". </So this exhibition was really a great success for everyone involved and a cultural treat for the visitors. We congratulate the makers of MAKING VAN GOGH and look forward to further exciting exhibitions at the Städel Museum. You can find all information about it under: <a href="https://www.staedelmuseum.de/de" target="_blank" rel="noopener">www.staedelmuseum.de/de

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