Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Over one million people have seen The Met's ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibit

By Channing Hargrove
Say what you will about The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2018 Costume Institute exhibit Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination — whether it be that The Met got the fashion part wrong, or that it focused too much on Western Catholicism — but its popularity is undeniable. Since opening on the first Monday in May, the exhibition has seen over one million visitors, making it the Costume Institute’s most attended show in history, The Met announced in a press release. It’s also the museum’s third most popular exhibit ever, replacing The Vatican Collections in 1983 and following Mona Lisa in 1963. The Met’s most popular retrospective to date is the Treasures of Tutankhamun in 1978, with 1,360,957 visitors. Heavenly Bodies, which opened on May 10, is the largest exhibit both the Costume Institute and The Met has ever put on display, with 25 galleries spanning over 60,000 square feet. [More]