From Daily Post…
TATE Liverpool has been named the number one attraction in the city so far this year.
Visitor numbers at the contemporary art gallery have repeatedly broken records throughout 2008, with June the most impressive month in its 20-year history, when the gallery welcomed 139,849 people visited the gallery.
It was also the first month attendance had ever broken the 100,000 mark and was a 53% increase on June 2007.
The summer success, which is set to continue into August when there will be late night opening, has all been down to the current exhibition Gustav Klimt, Painting, Design and Modern Life in Vienna 1900, with the support of the continuing DLA Piper Series: The 20th Century – How it Looked and How it Felt, which has run throughout the year and contains some of the most iconic works in the Tate collection, including Rodin’s The Kiss.
Director Christoph Grunenberg said: “There has been a significant change in mood in the perception of Liverpool.
“One thing Liverpool has done incredibly well is to really stage events of the highest calibre, that otherwise really don’t happen outside London. It is really showing what a regional city can do in staging events of international quality.
“This year has been absolutely fantastic. Even in our most positive visitor expectations we didn’t quite expect the response to both the Turner Prize and Klimt, which has been a real runaway success.
“The launch of the Turner Prize was such an exceptional event that was really embraced by the public and the response was incredible.
“Capital of Culture status, especially in Europe, is highly recognised and gave us a unique opportunity to do something that really goes beyond our usual ambitions and do something which was a one-off in many ways.”
“We are seeing the transformation of the city.”