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Van Gogh exhibition attracts record number of visitors

Van Gogh's "Women Crossing the Fields" was shown at the retrospective


A Van Gogh exhibition in the town of Martigny, in canton Valais, attracted almost 448,000 visitors, a record for the Pierre Gianadda Foundation, where the show was staged.

According to a foundation spokesperson, the crowds who flocked to see the works of Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh, were the largest in the museum's 22-year history.

The exhibit, which opened in June, was comprised of 90 of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings, some of which had not shown in five decades.

The exhibition was the first in Switzerland since a 1973 Van Gogh show in Basel. The works came from public and private collections in Europe, the United States, South America and Japan.

On December 15, the Pierre Gianadda Foundation will open a new exhibition entitled, "Russian Icons: the Saints," which comes to Switzerland from the National Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow.

swissinfo with agencies

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