Dali exhibit visited by thousands .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - In the last three months of the Salvador Dali exhibition, 156,720 people have visited the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul’s Emirgan district. Women showed a preference for the exhibition, which opened Sept. 20, with 92,661 visitors compared to 64,059 men.

Those between the ages of 26 and 35 displayed the greatest interest in the exhibition accounted for 34 percent of all patrons. It seems the older generations were least interested, as 19 to 25 year-olds were the second most likely to visit, at 28 percent.

Interest of foreigners
Of the total visitors to see the famous Spanish surrealist’s work in Istanbul, 3,600 were foreigners. Museum officials said interest in the exhibition was great. The exhibition is expected to host even more art lovers during the last month of the Dali exhibition.

The exhibition showcases 33 paintings, 113 sketches, 111 engravings and 12 lithographs. To coincide with the exhibition, the Sakıp Sabancı Museum has organized "free days" for certain sectors of society, including those living in vicinity of the museum and even the cities taxi drivers, in an attempt to raise the profile of art in Istanbul.