Great art is one of the most intimate forms of communication possible between two human beings, the artist and the viewer, as the viewer is able to see through the artist’s eyes.Read More
Considering the number of international art museums that exhibit special shows to entice their community members and tourists to travel through their doors, only a few are actual box office hits in any given year. What creates a big box office hit?Read More
Art museum blockbuster hits are now as common as other venues that sell tickets, such as film concerts and theatre. Ticket sales define the blockbuster’s success.
Blockbuster museum shows are a recent development, considering the length of the history of art. It all began in 1976 when the King Tut exhibit drew more than 8 million people to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thomas Hoving, the Met’s museum director at the time, is credited for this innovation. Hoving publicly says that “It’s not true “I stole the idea from the Europeans. But I’ll say it was my idea.”
Thomas Hoving has a special knack for recognizing a good thing, especially when it comes to art. He continued launching blockbuster style shows and changed art museums forever.Read More