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Tuesday, December 30, 1997 Published at 08:31 GMT


Entertainment

Sensational hit for Royal Academy



"Sensation", the Royal Academy's autumn exhibition focusing on the achievements of a generation of young British artists, is being hailed as a giant success.

The exhibition, which closed on Sunday, featured a blood-filled head, gory images of dismembered limbs, explicit pornography and a portrait of Moors murderer Myra Hindley made out of children's handprints.


[ image: Marcus Harvey's portrait 'Myra']
Marcus Harvey's portrait 'Myra'
Despite triggering widespread condemnation - the Hindley portrait was vandalised and some academy members resigned - the exhibition of 110 works by young British artists, loaned by collector and advertising chief Charles Saatchi, proved a big crowd-puller.

A total of 284,734 people visited the three-month exhibition.

On average, 2,800 people per day paying a maximum of 7 went to the exhibition at the 230-year-old London gallery.



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