Suffice it to say that The Art Newspaper‘s 17th annual survey of exhibition attendance figures contains a few surprises — namely the fact that a brainy look at the intersection of photography and sculpture beat out Marina Abramović’s buzzed-about retrospective, and not one, but two of the shows in the top 10 feature the work of Japanese master painter, Hasegawa Tohaku. Click through to see which other exhibitions topped the list, and head over to The Art Newspaper for the full breakdown.
1. Hasegawa Tohaku at the Tokyo National Museum
Visitors per day: 12,116
This major retrospective, which marked the Momoyama era artist’s 400th anniversary, broke the museum’s previous attendance record, which was set back in2007 with The Mind of Leonardo. Featured works included Tohaku’s earliest paintings alongside later masterpieces (such as Pine Trees, pictured above) that would make him a favorite of the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi.