THE retrospective of the paintings of Jack Vettriano has become not only the most successful art exhibition ever held at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, but also a financial boom for Glasgow's museums.
Profits from the Jack Vettriano Retrospective, which includes more than 100 of his works and has been seen by a record 123,300 people, will be a welcome boost to the finances of the museum, which draws the exhibition to a close on Sunday.
Vettriano's success has exceeded that of the recent Glasgow Boys exhibition, which attracted 123,289 visitors in 2010.
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Since the Vettriano show opened to the public in September an average of 5500 people a week have seen the exhibition.
The artist, who recently announced he was moving back to Scotland from London, said: "I was astonished and very flattered to find out that my retrospective exhibition has received a record-breaking number of visitors. From the very outset, I have been treated with enormous warmth and appreciation by the management and staff of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and I am deeply touched to hear that their enthusiasm has been echoed by so many of the visitors to my exhibition."
A spokesman for Glasgow Life, said: "There has been a boost, not least within the museum shop. Although there are always costs associated with hosting any exhibition, any surplus will be reinvested in Glasgow Life services."