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I went to see the Monet exhibition at the Royal Academy in the unusual situation of seeing it in the middle of the night. My father and I alone in the gallery followed by three security guards. It is very inspiring to see someone who knew exactly what they wanted to do. It happens so often with creative people that they feel they should be doing something else but Monet knew what he was interested in and his work is so beautiful it proves you must have faith in what you are doing.

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THE ROYAL Academy could become the country's first 24-hour art gallery to cope with the huge numbers expected to seek entrance to its new Monet exhibition. Demand for advance tickets to Monet in the 20th Century is set to break records. The Academy is selling up to 500 tickets every hour - 5,000 tickets were sold last Friday alone, possibly the highest ever sale in a single day for a visual arts event. Each will pay pounds 9 a ticket, the highest admission price ever charged. Visitors, once inside, will be allowed to stay as long as they like. If demand is high, opening hours will be extended, initially perhaps to midnight, but around the clock if necessary.

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NORMAN ROSENTHAL, the exhibition secretary of the Royal Academy, is no stranger to controversy. He was curator of the immensely successful and wildly polemical Sensation exhibition. That particular show prompted not only outcry among both establishment and public but also the resignation of four academicians. He has been formally rebuked for publicly insulting a fellow academician but never sacked, probably thanks to his flair for picking the exhibitions which will attract the crowds and pundits. Nevertheless, I suspect the RA now has him on a shorter leash, as he was cautious about his most recent triumph - a Monet blockbuster which has had the Friends of the Royal Academy fighting on the street to gain admittance - and didn't insult a soul.

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