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Going, going, gone: Rembrandt show is sold out

  • Blog Post by: Tim Campbell
  • September 14, 2012 - 12:33 PM

A museumgoer at the MIA show (Star Tribune photo by Tom Wallace). Below, a Rembrandt self-portrait from the National Gallery of Art.

"Rembrandt in America" closes Sunday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, but the final tickets were sold Friday morning.

Demand is so hot that a scalper buttonholed the MIA's director, Kaywin Feldman, as she returned from lunch Friday, asking if she wanted to buy a ticket.

if you haven't seen this terrific assemblage of treasures, your best bet to snag a ticket -- aside from hanging outside the museum looking for that stray ticket Feldman didn't need -- is to purchase a MIA membership. A few passes were being reserved for members.

As of Friday, ticket sales for the show had passed the 100,000 mark and were likely to end up somewhere between 104,000 and 107,000, which would make it No. 8 on the MIA's all-time attendance list, and the biggest show in nearly a decade. (Update: The final number was 107,090.)

During the past two weeks the museum has kept its doors open late into the evening to accomodate the crush of gallery-goers trying to see what is the largest collection of Rembrandts ever gathered in the United States. After 8 p.m. Sunday, those works will be dispersed to the dozens of museums and private collectors that loaned them for this exhibition, which was staged in Raleigh, N.C., and Cleveland before ending its run in Minneapolis.

Here are the top 25 MIA shows as ranked by attendance:

1. “The Vikings” (1981) – 212,956
2. “Impressionism: Selections from Five American Museums” (1990) – 155,198
3. “Star Wars: The Magic of Myth” (2000) – 128,725
4. “Monet at Vétheuil” (1998) – 124,316
5. “Degas & America” (2001) – 118,137
6. “Eternal Egypt” (2003) – 114,068
7. “Dale Chihuly: Installations 1964-1997” (1997) – 112,197
8. “Rembrandt in America” (2012) – 107,090
9. “Visions of the People: A Pictorial History of Plains Indians” (1993) – 101,309
10. “The Louvre and the Masterpiece” (2010) – 95,027
11. “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible” (2005) – 68,203
12. “American Impressionism” (2001) – 64,732
13. “Georgia O’Keeffe: Circling Around Abstraction” (2008) – 62,517
14. “Two Lives: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz” (1994) – 61,105
15. “Caribbean Festival Arts” (1991) – 54,302
16. “Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting” (2011) – 54,159
17. “Minnesota Celebrates Matisse” (1994) – 53,566
18. “Imperial Silks of the Ch'ing Dynasty” (1991 ) – 51,132
19. “Marc Chagall” (2000) – 48,722
20. “Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism” (2004) – 48,628
21. “In Our Time: The World as Seen by Magnum Photographers” (1990) – 44,484
22. “Made in America: Ten Centuries of American Art” (1995) – 40,921
23. “A Mirror of Nature: Nordic Landscape Painting” (2008) – 38,453
24. “American Sublime: Epic Landscapes of Our Nation” (2003) – 37,845
25. “Richard Avedon: Evidence 1944-1994” (1996) – 36,141

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