THE BLOG

06
Nov

Mtec Installations | Alina Szapocznikow @ Hepworth Wakefield

Our latest project as proud, ongoing sponsors and supporters of the Hepworth Wakefield took place in October with the opening of Alina Szapocznikow’s latest show, Human Landscapes. Mtec coordinated the transport for the import of the artworks, as well as the complex packing of these particularly fragile artworks. Our in-house casing specialists created an innovative floating base-crate specially conceived with the reactive and delicate nature of the artwork’s concrete medium in mind, designed to withstand vibrations and movement in transit which could lead to cracking and losses. In total we fabricated 27 new,  bespoke cases in our workshop which were used in  collections from more than 22 lenders spread between Poland, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Argentina and UK.Continue Reading…

17
Oct

Mtec Experts | Frederik Wils Mtec Belgium

This month we talk to Operations Manager, Frederik Wils, about his role and the facilities at Mtec Belgium in order to gain further insight into our latest outpost in Europe and the unique advantages open to our clients, colleagues and partners as a consequence.

Frederik, can you tell us more about your background and current role at Mtec Belgium?

‘I started working in air freight from a young age, firstly for the family business and subsequently at Brussels Airport as a freight forwarder. There I gained extensive experience with customs and freight forwarding, not just by air, but also sea and road transport too. By the time I moved on from Brussels Airport, and began working for a specialist art handling and transportation company, I was responsible for all air exports. Continue Reading…

10
Oct

Mtec Artfair | Frieze and FIAC

This year Mtec had its largest presence ever at Frieze Masters and Frieze London. In terms of number of vehicles going to and from the site, picture hangers and sculpture technicians on booths and the number of clients appointing Mtec to represent them, it was our busiest fair yet! We were also busy working on other projects around the South-East to coincide with the fair as well as working on client installations at our state-of-the-art viewing facilities close to London.

Our technical team were on hand to take on any last-minute jobs associated with the fair and our dedicated Artfair shipping team were ready to turn around estimate requests, making us a one-stop logistics solution for our colleagues, partners and clients. Our specialist vehicles were at LHR most mornings of the week of the fair for expedite deliveries into and out of town. In terms of consolidated transport, within the week following the fair, Mtec had two large art trucks leaving London for Europe; one serving Paris and Italy, and the other Liege and LUX airports and onto Switzerland.

This year also saw the introduction of our very own client wheels! Galleries and clients were able to borrow our MTEC bicycles to travel both onsite and between the fairsContinue Reading…

18
Sep

Mtec Installations | Folkstone Triennial

This year, Mtec’s #summerofsculpture, was topped with the crown jewel that is Folkestone Triennial. As our first time working on the project it was an honour to be involved with so many of the festival’s integral works; shipping, installing and project managing a number of the town’s main exhibits.

The Folkestone Triennial began in 2008 and has quickly established itself as one of the primary events in the Contemporary Art Calendar and this year saw works by Antony Gormley, Richard Woods, Michael Craig-Martin, Bob and Roberta Smith and Bill Woodrow included in the programme.

Mtec worked on the following installations which can be seen from Sep, 2 – Nov, 5 2017:Continue Reading…

02
Aug

Mtec Experts | The Line

This month we had the pleasure of talking to Simona Pizzi of The Line about how consistently working with Mtec has made the logistics of the project easier year on year, to form a solid and efficient partnership.

‘Since 2015, Mtec have been the official installation partner of The Line and have undertaken a number of installation and deinstallation of sculptures located in East London between The O2 and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Line was first installed in May 2015 and I started work at The Line in April 2016, and have worked with Mtec to de-install some of the sculptures on the trail. Mtec are renowned for their expertise in installing large sculptures and my experience with them has been no different. I was able to oversee the de-installations and what impressed me most is the way the team worked cohesively together, it was like watching a well choreographed ballet and the process was made to look incredibly simple and straightforward. I felt at ease, especially when you have an 8 metre tall bronze sculpture dangling over the waters of the Royal Docks!Continue Reading…

18
Jul

Mtec Installations | The Sunbathers @ South Bank Centre

At the 1951 Festival of Britain one sculpture inspired romantic Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, who wrote: “the linked terra-cotta man and woman fly – defying gravity and elegantly hurrying up a W.C. wall.” The Sunbathers by Peter Laszlo Peri remained untouched and unloved in the garden of the Clarendon Hotel, Blackheath following de-installation at the Festival, and attention was only drawn to its provenance after a campaign to find lost public art by Historic England.

Following an overwhelming response to a crowdfunded appeal, The Sunbathers have been restored and are now on display at their original home on the South Bank. Mtec were honoured to project manage the installation of the works at the Southbank Centre where they will remain for the next two months. In the meantime, Historic England are continuing to campaign for a more permanent home for the sculpture, you can read more about this here.

07
Jul

Mtec Installations | #summerofsculpture

Following on from our installations in the Spring at UEA & CASS Sculpture Foundation, our Summer of Sculpture has continued gaining more momentum as we approach some key events in the Art World calendar.

Our summer began working with the British Council in Venice again for the Biennale. Our sister company MA-CO Italia were on hand to help with the logistics of importing and shipping Phyllida Barlow’s large sculptural works as part of our ongoing role as supporters and logistics providers of the British Pavilion.

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25
Jun

Mtec Artfair | Basel 2017

Basel 2017 proved to be an extremely busy one for Mtec; handling outgoing shipments, installation and de-installation of works and both return and ongoing shipments from the booths at Art Basel and Unlimited. As always it was a pleasure working with artists and galleries that we already have longstanding relationships with as well as meeting those whom we hope to work more closely with in the future.

This year Carola Quirico from our Shipping Department was at the fair until the take-down and personally oversaw operations including the handling of a number of urgent and last-minute shipments for galleries who wish to add or change the inventory of their stands.

Overall, the fair was a major success for us logistically, and we look forward to expanding our client base and services for Basel 2018, as well as continuing our work at the other major fairs throughout the Art World calendar.

If you would like to discuss your Artfair needs or begin planning shipment, installation or any other logistical element please email artfairs@mtecfreightgroup.com

 

19
Jun

Mtec Installations | Yinka Shonibare @ Royal Academy

Last week saw the opening of this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and visitors will be welcomed in the courtyard by Yinka Shonibare MBE’s six-metre high ‘Wind Sculpture VI’. The piece was installed by Mtec and the installation is featured in Kirsty Work and Brenda Emmanus’ behind the scenes tour of the exhibition. Head to 33 minutes in for detailed coverage of team Mtec moving the piece into position.

The sculpture will be in situ until Aug, 20 and tours of the exhibition take place every Friday @ 7pm.

For more information you can visit the Royal Academy website and you can see more ‘behind the scenes’ images of the installation on our Instagram and Facebook feeds for the duration of the show.

12
Jun

Mtec Installations | Sculpture in the City 2017

Although de-installation has been taking place for a while now, this weekend saw installation of this year’s Sculpture in the City really take off. With the weather firmly on our side, #teammtec were busy placing stunning pieces from Mark Wallinger, Fernando Casasempere and Paul McCarthy, on this now iconic annual sculpture trail.

Installations around the City of London will continue over the next couple of weeks with the official launch on Jun, 27 and we will be documenting ‘behind the scenes’ images over on our instagram and facebook accounts. Stella Ioannou, Co-director of Sculpture in the City will also be following the progress of this years’ programme via Lacuna Projects instagram.

If you see us at work, or notice a new addition on your journey around London’s financial district then please be sure to either tag us (@mtec0) or use #teammtec or #sculptureinthecity in your posts.

To find out more about previous years of Sculpture in the City or our ongoing role as proud sponsors of the project please visit our previous blog posts (linked above).