Show Me the Manet! Impressionist’s Exhibition Sends Royal Academy Ticket Sales Skyrocketing

No, it’s not another pun-tastic British art reality TV contest, it’s the Royal Academy in London’s forthcoming exhibition, “Manet: Portraying Life,” the first show in the U.K. to focus on the French Impressionist’s portraiture, slated to open Saturday but for which certain timed ticket entrances are already sold out. Advance ticket sales have already surpassed those for the RA’s 2010 Vincent van Gogh blockbuster, the Telegraph reports.

The show, which features some 50 paintings and a selection of pastels, draws on loans from many major museums around the world. In response to the overwhelming demand, the RA has already decided to stay open until 11pm on the first Friday of the exhibition’s run, and the first two Saturdays. It is also making a select number of tickets available for purchase in person every day. The museum may add more late-night hours if demand continues to grow.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Edouard Manet, “Railway,” 1873. Gift of Horace Havemeyer in memory of his mother, Louisine W. Havemeyer. Courtesy National Gallery of Art.)