Our Big Ticket category includes exhibitions for which admission covers entry to other attractions, such as the Gyeongbokgung Palace at the National Folk Museum of Korea, and shows staged in a museum’s main lobby, such as the Young Architects Programme at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. We also include biennials and festivals, where visitors are often counted more than once as they make their way through the various venues. ArtPrize 2014 in Grand Rapids, where audience participation is key, registered more than 23,000 visits a day as the public voted with their feet and in the ballot boxes: the main prize of $200,000 went to the Pakistani artist Anila Quayyum Agha. Giant Post-it notes extolling the virtues of art adorned the walls of the Rijksmuseum’s permanent collection in “Art Is Therapy”. With more than 7,000 visitors a day, the intervention contributed to the Amsterdam museum’s record-breaking overall attendance for 2014.
Top 15 Big Ticket shows in 2014