The Bankside gallery’s attendance figures have now eclipsed the BM’s. Serena Davies offers an explanation
A variety of factors will have influenced this week’s news that Tate Modern’s attendance figures have for the first time eclipsed those of the British Museum (5.9 million versus 5.8 million for 2018). Tate put on a hugely popular Picasso exhibition, which added a pleasing half million to its tally. The British Museum has a tiresome bag checking policy that means tourists trickle rather than pour in, and have to stand in long queues waiting to do so. The hipsters loping their way down the slope to the Turbine Hall suffer no such indignity.
But there isn’t any doubt that the figures indicate...
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