The National Gallery of Victoria has been putting on exhibitions for the past 156 years, but none have been more successful than Van Gogh and the Seasons.

More than 21,000 people visited the gallery's show in its opening five days, with more than 400,000 others passing through the gallery's doors since the exhibition's opening on April 28.

The NGV’s previous record holder, Andy Warhol–Ai Weiwei, attracted 399,127 people in 2015.

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The exhibition is the largest display of Van Gogh's work to be exhibited in Australia. Due to close last Sunday, organisers had to extend the show to meet demand, which has seen queues zigzagging along the gallery's St Kilda Road entrance. The exhibition finishes tonight, Wednesday July 12.

The exhibition is organised in sections devoted to each of the seasons, displaying Van Gogh's connection to nature through nearly 50 paintings and drawings.

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