The exhibition, which closes on 12 August 2012, has had an average of 1,000 visitors a day, making it the most popular exhibition at the gallery since 2008. With one week still to go, predictions are that it could break even this record and be the gallery’s most popular exhibition ever.
Opening on 18 May to great excitement, the exhibition began its run at the Walker Art Gallery in record-breaking style when the gallery saw its busiest ever Saturday. More than 3,000 visitors came to the gallery on its first full day, keen to be amongst the first to see the exhibition and meet Rolf in person.
Since then visitors have enjoyed an exhibition which features not only Rolf’s paintings, but also fascinating artefacts and memorabilia from his long career. Highlights from the exhibition include a portrait of Her Majesty The Queen; new paintings of Liverpool, created especially for this exhibition; nostalgic TV clips; a recreation of Rolf’s studio, and much more!
One visitor commented: ‘Came expecting to spend maybe an hour, but I really don’t want to go- around each corner is yet another surprise! 2 and 1/2 hours later-wonderful!’
While another left the following message: ‘What joy! What love of life. Love it Rolf.’
Rolf Harris said: “It has been a fantastic experience to have my first major retrospective at the Walker Art Gallery and to have helped them achieve record-breaking visitor figures. I’ve loved my visits to the Walker, from the first moment I was introduced to curators and gallery staff, to meeting all the wonderful people at the signing events, some who had travelled great distances to see my exhibition.”
Rolf Harris: Can You Tell What It Is Yet? runs until 12 August 2012.
Exhibition developed in partnership with DeMontfort Fine Art.
About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic.
We attract more than three million visitors every year. Our venues are the International Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Sudley House, UK Border Agency National Museum, Walker Art Gallery and World Museum.
One of the finest art galleries in Europe the Walker Art Gallery is home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country. An outstanding collection of contemporary art includes work by David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Banksy.
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