In 2018, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art set an all-time attendance record with 1,018,323 visitors. In recent months, especially on weekends, there have been long lines to see the “Modern Times” exhibition featuring masterpieces by many great 19th and 20th-century artists like Brancusi, Van Gogh, Dali, Degas and Monet.
In 2017, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem had the most visitors, about 900,000, and a similar number in 2018.
A Tel Aviv Museum spokesperson says the figures for 2018 mark a 23-percent increase over 2017 (831,151), citing the “Modern Times” exhibit as one big reason for the increase. Some 130,000 people have been to see the grand display of Impressionists so far. They also cite the museum’s cooperation with the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality’s DigiTel program, as well as the large number of tourists who visited the city in December.
To date, “Modern Times” has not drawn the largest number of visitors, though. Louise Bourgeois’ “Twosome” display drew 150,000 visitors. And Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” drew about 100,000. The “Arieh Sharon – Architect of the State” exhibit in the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion drew 50,000 visitors.