Japanese Museums Dominates Art Newspaper Exhibition Ranking

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LONDON (REUTERS).- Japanese museums dominated a new table of the world’s top art exhibitions in 2009, according to a survey in The Art Newspaper. Ranked by daily entries as opposed to overall visitors, Tokyo National Museum’s “Ashura” exhibition, featuring one of the nation’s most famous Buddhist statues and other treasures from the Kohfukuji temple, topped the list. It attracted 15,960 people per day, and 946,172 overall, ahead of Nara National Museum’s “61st Annual Exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures,” which boasted a daily attendance figure of 14,965. Two more Tokyo shows ranked third and fourth — Tokyo National Museum’s “Treasures of the Imperial Collections” (9,473) and the National Museum of Western Art’s “17th Century Painting from the Louvre” (9,267). French shows were next in the rankings, with Musee Quai Branly’s “2nd Photoquai Biennale” attracting 7,868 people each day, followed by Grand Palais’