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Masterworks draw visitors
Andy Warhol Self-Portrai. Picture: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The allure of masterworks by Picasso, Warhol and other modern masters attracted healthy numbers on the opening weekend of the Art Gallery of WA's latest blockbuster exhibition.

About 3000 people went through the touring Museum of Modern Art show, eclipsing the initial attendances for the first two exhibitions in Great Collections of the World series.

Gallery director Stefano Carboni said he was pleased with the weekend crowds.

"There’s a wonderful atmosphere in the gallery and people are responding really positively to the exhibition and the works of art themselves.

"It’s just what I’d hoped for, to watch Perth embracing this opportunity to see some of the world’s best modern art, here in their hometown."

Just 500 people attended the opening weekend of Princely Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum last year, while 800 shuffled past the 30-odd works in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 2010.

Attendances on the first two days for Picasso to Warhol: 14 Modern Masters were similar to those for the 2007 show Egyptian Antiquities from the Louvre, which had 138,000 visitors over three months, a gallery spokesman said.

The MoMA exhibition closes on December 3.