Despite widespread scepticism, it seems the Hayward Gallery’s ‘Invisible’ exhibition – so named as all of the works by the 50 artists are invisible – will be a resounding success as a record number of people attended the opening day.
‘We just packed them in,’ said Gallery director Ralph Rugoff. ‘You couldn’t move – it was wall to wall people all day. And the queue to get in stretched all the way to Brighton. Probably over 100,000 people turned up – you had to see it to believe it.’
Despite the crowds, it seems that there were some quiet periods, such as when an art critic visited at 3pm and the only person in the Gallery was local tramp Ben Wilkie. But Mr Wilkie was full of praise for the exhibition, describing it as ‘very warm’.
Mr Rugoff said that the public reaction showed that the £3,000,000 Arts Council grant to his consulting company to organise the exhibition was ‘money well spent’, though his accountants have been advised that any profit may not be visible to the naked eye.