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ArtFacts.Net has indexed over 500,000 exhibitions

This weekend ArtFacts.Net has indexed over 500,000 exhibitions. Therefore we would like to share with you some insight into our ever growing data structure.

Exhibitions over time and space

ArtFacts.Net wants to reflect the history of modern art exhibitions. In our eyes the history of modern art exhibitions started with the Salon des Refuses (Note:you have to log in see the details in ArtFacts.Net) in 1863.

Number of exhibitions by decade in ArtFacts.Net

It is very difficult to retrieve data from exhibitions prior 2000. The numbers of entries are getting lower and lower the deeper we strive into the past. At least you will find invitation cards for the decades between 1960 and 2000. However before the 1950s you often need to read correspondence.

Number of exhibitions by cultural region in ArtFacts.Net

In a regional context most of our data is from Western Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland). This is where it all started and where the density of museums is still the highest in the world.

Number of exhibitions per year in the last decade (2003-2012)

For the last decade (2003-2012) ArtFacts.Net has gathered a profound amount of data. This decade has seen the largest growth in the art industry ever. The highest prices have been paid (see wikipedia) for paintings in this decade and the number of exhibitions and Art Fairs have exploded.

Number of Art Fairs per year in the last decade (2003-2012)

It is interesting to see that the number of Art Fairs and Exhibitions as a whole have not fallen dramatically after the 2008 crash.

Types of exhibitions

The most active exhibitors are the private galleries. More than 50% of our data is generated through their activity. Private galleries have always been the motor that drives the modern art market.

Number of exhibitions by institution type (galleries or museums) in ArtFacts.Net

This is why nearly two thirds of all exhibitions are solo shows. Galleries promote their favorite artists with solo shows.

Number of exhibitions by type (solo or group) in ArtFacts.Net


The most shown artist is Pablo Picasso. The primary rock followed by his best successor Andy Warhol. The only living artists in this listing are Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz and Richard Serra. Together they just make it to Picasso's number.

Top 10 Artists with the most solo shows in ArtFacts.Net

A different more contemporary and vivid result draws the following listing. The most active artists in Biennials. Bruce Nauman the highest ranked living artist leads this group followed by Nedko Solakov followed by Allora & Calzadilla. Both born in the 70s. They are the youngest in this group. Joseph Beuys the grandfather of Happening is the only deceased artist in the list.

Top 10 artists with the most Biennial participations in ArtFacts.Net

We have already praised the work of the private galleries. Below you'll see a chart of the top ten most active galleries on art fairs. Galerie Krinzinger from Vienna has been showing on 177 art fairs around the world. There's no other gallery promoting that well in the world. The Austrian galleries lead this list in another respect. Hilger, nächst St. Stephan and Ropac are Austrian galleries as well. Together they make nearly 50% of the top active galleries in the world.

Top 10 galleries having the most art fair participations in ArtFacts.Net

Text: Marek Claassen


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