The Winnipeg Art Gallery's Norman Rockwell exhibit was one of its most successful ever. More than 30,000 visitors saw the show, well more than previous successes like the Andy Warhol and Rodin shows.
The run of American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell was extended due to its popularity and the gallery even stayed open for longer hours in the final days to allow more visitors to attend.
"Girl at Mirror", Norman Rockwell, 1954, (Licensed by Curtis Publishing)
"Winnipeggers and Manitobans confirmed once again that the WAG really matters in their community," says WAG executive director Stephen Borys
"And as we approach the launch of our centennial year in September, the groundswell of support from the community is fabulous."
The only show that exceeded the Rockwell exhibit in terms of attendance is Art in the Age of Van Gogh: Dutch Paintings from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
from 1999, which attracted nearly 40,000 visitors.
For its 100th anniversary, the WAG will present Winnipeg Now
, opening in September, and Only In Canada: 100 International Masterworks for the WAG Centennial
, set to open in 2013.