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10
Apr

Mtec Installations | Barry Flanagan @ New Art Centre

As part of our #25yearsofmtec celebrations, where we are looking back over some of our favourite projects, we are looking at the relocation and installation of one of Barry Flanagan’s momentus hare sculptures. Barry Flanagan has been a very important part of Mtec’s history and one of the artists whom we have worked with most consistently throughout our 25 years. We continue to work extremely closely with his estate and the installation of ‘Acrobats’ is testament to this.

Back in December 2017 we were asked to project manage the relocation of the piece at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury. Despite the repositioning of the work being within the same site, full provisions had to be made to move the delicate piece, the largest version made by the artist at 10m tall, to avoid any damage. The risk of flex and thus damage to the sculpture is further increased by the need to move the sculpture in its horizontal position. Due to this, and the size of the work, a bespoke travel frame was fabricated to maintain rigidity in the sculpture across its length specifically.

Having worked on the original installation of the work 15 years ago it was an honour be trusted with relocating the work and we look forward to being tasked with any further projects involving ‘Acrobats’, Barry Flanagan’s work and the New Art Centre in the future.

Further stunning images of the work in situ can be found both on the New Art Centre (@new_art_centre) and Barry Flanagan’s estate (@barryflanaganestate) on Instagram.

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03
Apr

Mtec Services | Artfairs 2018

Our Art Fair team have just returned from another successful Art Basel Hong Kong, where we have been overseeing the shipment and installation of works for a number of galleries. As per the other major fairs we attend, the Mtec team were on site to provide shipping estimates to aid client sales, to assist with dispersal at the end of the fair and look after the de-install and return shipment of works to the UK. During the fair we had the pleasure of being able to visit some of the stunning booths as well as pop-up events around the city, including watching legendary Chinese performance artist the Frog King (Kwok Mango-Ho) write exhibition-goers names in Chinese at the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery booth.

We are looking forward to continuing our work at art fairs throughout 2018 and will be attending the following over the Spring/Summer:Continue Reading…

11
Mar

Mtec Installations | Sir Anthony Caro @ Church of Saint Jean-Baptiste, Bourbourg

As we progress through our 25th Anniversary year, we will be looking back at some of the most groundbreaking, poignant and technically challenging installations of our history.

10 years on Sir Anthony Caro’s installation, Chapel of Light, at the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Bourbourg remains just as poignant and dramatic. Situated in the previously concealed choir of the church, Caro’s series of stunning sculptures were conceived as a memorial in honour of the friendship and support experienced between Britain and France during WW2.

Firstly, struck by an artillery shell and secondly, hit by the flaming tail of a crashing German bomber, the bell tower collapsed in an inferno Continue Reading…

26
Feb

Mtec Services | New custom vehicles arriving soon

We are pleased to be adding another two custom vehicles to our fleet in the coming weeks. Both
vehicles are currently undergoing additional works in order to bring them in-line with our exacting standards and fulfil the bespoke requirements needed for fine-art shipments and installations, both nationally and internationally.

The first of our two new acquisitions will be utilised both in the UK and Europe. Due to its compact size when compared to our other vehicles, the van will be used to reduce client costs and increase the accessibility for inner city jobs or those in more complex locations. Continue Reading…

17
Nov

Mtec Installation | G. F. Watts @ The Royal Academy

Mtec have recently been tasked with the collection from Pangolin Editions of a new bronze cast of the iconic sculpture ‘Physical Energy’ by G. F. Watts. The fabrication and installation of the work marks a return to its original placing in the courtyard of the Royal Academy, London, 113 years after it was first in situ in 1904.Continue Reading…

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.