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Joana Vasconcelos’s exhibition in Bilbao was the 13th most viewed in 2018

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‘I’m Your Mirror’, a curious case of worldwide attention.

The show by Joana Vasconcelos, currently on display at the Serralves Museum in Porto, was seen in Bilbao by about 649,000 people, at an average of 5,600 a day.

“I’m Your Mirror“, which can be visited until June 24 at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Serralves, extends through the Park of Serralves and up Avenida Marechal Gomes da Costa.

The exhibition includes more than 30 works by Joana Vasconcelos, from 1997 until now, 14 of which are new, bringing together some of the artist’s most distinctive and emblematic works.

Between the new pieces presented in Spain and now in Serralves there is a Venetian mask with 2.5 tons, made with 231 frames of the double mirror, and a solitary ring, of three tons, with 112 car wheels and 1,324 glass glasses.

The list of the 20 most visited exhibitions in 2018 in museums around the world, from The Art Newspaper, is led by “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination“, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) in New York , in the United States, from May 10 to October 8 of last year.

The exhibition, which “mixed religious works of art, including 42 ecclesiastical pieces from the sacristy of the Sistine Chapel with Haute Couture” was visited by about 1.7 million people, an average of almost 11,000 visitors a day.

According to the publication, about 1.43 million people saw the main body of the exhibition, which was visible in the main building of the museum, on Fifth Avenue, and about 230,000 visited the extension in the Washington Heights neighbourhood.

The show also became the most visited of the Met, breaking the record of visitors to “Treasures of King Tutankhamun” of about 1.4 million people in 1978.

In the second place of the list comes another show that was evident in the Met: “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”.

Between November 13, 2017, and February 12, 2018, the exhibition, which brought together sculpture and more than one hundred drawings by Michelangelo, was visited by about 702,000 people, an average of 7,900 visitors per day.

The third place in the top is busy “Do Ho Suh: Almost Home“, which was featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC between March 16 and August 5.

The show, centred on the work of Korean artist Do Ho Suh, registered 1.1 million visitors, averaging 7,900 per day.

The first European museum to appear on the list is the Guggenheim Bilbao, in 12th place, with the exhibition “Chagall: The Breakthrough Years“, which, between June 1st and September 2nd, received about 453 thousand visitors on average of 5,600 per day.

Thematic exhibitions at the museums in Shanghai, China, the national museums of Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, the Louvre, the Grand Palais and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris are among the most visited in 2018, transforming these institutions with the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Met and the Smithsonian, dominating the top 20 of The Art Newspaper.

The exception is the Cultural Center of Banco do Brasil, which appears in 11th place with the exhibition “Disruptive”, associated to the International Festival of Electronic Language (FILE), from April 13 to June 4 of last year, which mobilized 5,813 visitors per day, with a total of 264 thousand visitors.

According to the institution’s website, the show allows the public to “try unusual ways of interacting with electronic art“, such as “touching, jumping, rocking, immersing, playing and playing with the installation … vacuum-packed, change head and rock in a real and virtual world.

FILE, according to the cultural centre, is “the greatest art and technology event in Latin America“.

The festival is held every year in São Paulo, Brazil, and regularly hosts exhibitions in cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Vitória, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, São Luís and Brasília.

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