27 Feb 2010

Paris masterpieces break gallery record

7:58 pm on 27 February 2010

An exhibition of Masterpieces From Paris at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra has attracted a record 250,000 visitors.

The previous attendance record was set in 1992 with the Rubens and the Italian Renaissance exhibition.

The ABC reports Masterpieces From Paris, which runs till 5 April, is the largest and most valuable collection of art ever exhibited in Australia.

It features 112 paintings by artists including Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne and Claude Monet.

The works are on loan from the Musee d'Orsay in Paris: it is the first time they have been brought together in an exhibition outside France.

An average 3000 people have been visiting each day. Gallery director Ron Radford says 70% are from other states.