National Gallery’s record-breaking year

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In 2023, art enthusiasts around the world flocked to experience the awe-inspiring collection and captivating exhibitions offered by the National Gallery, London. The Gallery proudly announced an astounding total of 4,287,434 in-person visits to its premises and various immersive programs both locally and across the globe. This momentous achievement reflects the unwavering passion and dedication of art lovers who seek to connect with the beauty and creativity encapsulated within the National Gallery’s treasures.

A Global Spectacle of Art Appreciation

The impact of the National Gallery reverberated globally, with 952,551 visits recorded during the 2023?4 exhibition tour of Asia, spanning acclaimed venues such as the Shanghai Museum, The National Museum of Korea, and Hong Kong Palace Museum. Additionally, 154,202 visits were made to captivating National Gallery displays and exhibitions during their UK tour. These figures illustrate the far-reaching influence of the National Gallery’s artistic prowess, captivating audiences from diverse cultural landscapes.

Thriving at Home: Trafalgar Square Triumph

Undoubtedly, the beating heart of this remarkable feat lies in the impressive 3,096,508 visits to the Gallery in Trafalgar Square during 2023, representing a remarkable 14% increase from the previous year. Furthermore, the Gallery welcomed 26,201 school students and teachers, affirming its commitment to nurturing the next generation’s appreciation for art. Moreover, the Gallery’s Summer on the Square free outdoor festival of creativity drew an exhilarating 25,932 visits, underscoring the Gallery’s role as a vibrant hub of artistic expression and inspiration.

Embracing the Digital Realm: Unprecedented Engagement

In an age defined by digital connectivity, the National Gallery demonstrated exceptional prowess in engaging global audiences through its digital and social media platforms. Garnering an astonishing 60,115,760 video views from January to December 2023, the Gallery’s online exhibitions, courses, and the Keeper of Paintings in-Gallery app amplified its reach. Notably, the Gallery’s captivating content amassed a staggering 60 million video views across various platforms, reaffirming its status as a beacon of art appreciation in the digital sphere.

Embarking on a Bicentenary Celebration

As the National Gallery embarks on its Bicentenary year, profound excitement surrounds the forthcoming celebration of the Gallery’s illustrious 200-year legacy. Dr. Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, espoused a resounding commitment to bringing art to the masses, emphasizing that “art must also go to them.” This fervent dedication will manifest through a vibrant year-long festival of art, creativity, and imagination, extending across the UK, worldwide, and culminating in the eagerly anticipated Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers exhibition in autumn 2024. Notably, this monumental showcase will commemorate the centenary of the Gallery’s acquisition of Van Gogh’s iconic works, Sunflowers and Van Gogh’s Chair, in 1924.

The National Gallery’s monumental achievements in 2023 underscore its unwavering commitment to enriching lives through art and fostering a global community of art enthusiasts. As the Gallery embarks on its Bicentenary celebration, a jubilant spirit of creativity and inclusivity is set to ignite the hearts and minds of countless individuals, ushering in an era of unparalleled artistic wonder and inspiration.

For more information on the National Gallery’s upcoming events and exhibitions, visit National Gallery.