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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:31

Seattle Launches Its Inaugural Museum Month

Visit Seattle announced today the inaugural Seattle Museum Month, which offers visitors 50 percent off admission at more than 40 participating museums throughout Seattle and the region, February 1-28, 2015.

The offers are valid for guests staying at one of 54 downtown Seattle hotels. Guests must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts; these discounts will be valid for all guests staying in the hotel room (not to exceed four people) during hotel stay dates.  

Participating museums are located in Seattle and throughout the region, including King, Pierce and Kitsap counties. Participating Seattle museums include the Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Museum of History & Industry, Museum of Flight, EMP Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Henry Art Gallery, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

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Opening a staging area and gift shop, and having the technology to finally accept credit cards has made a big difference in visits to the Rosenbaum/Frank Lloyd Wright museum.

The number of visitors in the first quarter of the fiscal year, compared to the same period a year ago, is up 57 percent, while total revenue is up 93 percent, according to the city Arts and Museums Department.

"The staging area is a different concept from the way we had taken in guests," Barbara Broach, director of Arts and Museums, said. "We give them an orientation with exhibits on the walls, then we send them over in groups of 12."

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Paris’s Louvre museum was the world’s most visited museum in 2014, keeping its place at the top of the international culture league. More than half of its 9.3 million visitors in 2014 were under 30, a statement said.

Some 100,000 more people visited the Louvre in 2014 than in 2013, a statement said Tuesday, flocking to see world-famous masterpieces like Leonardo da Vinci’s "Mona Lisa" and the ancient Greek "Winged Victory of Samothrace."

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The "David Bowie Is” exhibition broke the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s attendance record with more than 193,000 people visiting in its 15-week run.

“David Bowie Is” is the most successful exhibition in the MCA’s 47-year history, with some Bowie-related programs and performances selling out in less than an hour as well as the highest sales for the MCA Store.

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The Lady Lever Art Gallery’s world renowned Wedgwood collection has gone on display in Moscow, attracting more than 10,000 visitors in just four weeks. It is the first time that the unrivalled collection has ever traveled abroad, with 140 items traveling to the Russian capital. The collection is on show at the All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

Objects from the world’s finest group of Wedgwood jasperware are on display, including a rare copy of the celebrated Portland Vase and the largest jasperware panel ever produced. Two rare enamel plaques painted by artist George Stubbs also feature.

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With over 100 works generously loaned from 30 collections, the Stedelijk Museum presents "The Oasis of Matisse" next spring. For the first time in over sixty years, the work of the French master will go on view in the Netherlands. Never before have so many of his works been on show in this country.

The Stedelijk has conceived a unique exhibition concept for this survey: the permanent collection on the museum’s ground floor will be enriched with a selection of Henri Matisse’s (1868-1854) classic pieces, creating surprising combinations with the work of his contemporaries, teachers, and followers. In this way, both the work of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century as well as other artists can be seen in a new light, and visitors will be able to encounter Matisse’s art at every stage of his artistic development.

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Most of the large museums in the Netherlands had more visitors this year than last year. The Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam especially had many visitors, 2.5 million and 1.6 million respectively. This is according to a survey done by the ANP.

Five museums had a record year: the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Spoorwegmuseum (Railway museum) in Utrecht and the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) in Leiden.

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Officials at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City always knew its Yayoi Kusama exhibition, which ends on January 18, 2015, would be popular. “Infinite Obsession,” based on the 2012 retrospective organized by the Whitney Museum in New York and Tate Modern in London, drew large crowds as it traveled through Argentina and Brazil this year. However, the numbers of visitors for its final stop in Mexico has surpassed all expectations, and the museum has been struggling to keep up.

The Tamayo’s attendance has gone from an average of 5,000 visitors per month to around 2,100 visitors per day. “It has been a challenge,” the museum’s chief of security Alfredo Esoíndola Vélez told the newspaper "El Universal."

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A new retrospective exhibition of the American artist James Turrell (born 1943) at the National Gallery of Australia is so intense that visitors will be asked to sign a waiver, before viewing one of the installations. This Saturday, the work opens to the public which includes some extremely complex constructions. The highlight is titled "Bindu Shards," and visitors only with a premium ticket can enter the artwork if they sign a waiver. Turrell describes the work as "behind the eyes light.” This is not for anyone with epilepsy, a pacemaker or claustrophobic sufferers. "It's quite an emotional work I would say, and one that I hope would have you thinking about your relationship to light," Turrell said at the launch.

The 72-year-old, was Born May 6, 1943 in Los Angeles, California. Graduated Pasadena High School, 1961. BA Psychology, Pomona College, 1965. Art Graduate Studies, University of California, Irvine, 1965-1966. MA Art, Claremont Graduate School, 1973.

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“Picturing Mary” is the most ambitious exhibition mounted by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in years, and given its subject — images of the Virgin Mary — it is likely to be one of its most popular as well. It opens in the middle of the Christmas season, when the subject of Mary is particularly resonant, and it includes more than 60 works, some of them by the most celebrated artists of the Renaissance and baroque eras, including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio and Dürer. If this show, which opens Friday, doesn’t fill the museum’s galleries with throngs of visitors, nothing will.

The subject is vast, and doing it justice in one exhibition is impossible. One might organize such a show based on the archetypal narrative moments in Mary’s life — the Annunciation, the Pieta, the Assumption — that have inspired artists for centuries.

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