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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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04
Oct

A busy month for our Viewing Rooms…

We’ve been working hard to prepare our state-of-the-art Viewing Room facility for the busy month ahead. October brings Frieze and FIAC, and with them a great opportunity for clients to view artworks in our stunning setting within a short drive of Central London (10mins/3 miles from M25 and 25mins from Liverpool St Station). We also hope to support some of October’s most exciting exhibitions offering an extension to the public gallery spaces where clients can view additional relevant works in a private setting at a time convenient to them.
Our purpose-built viewing rooms offer the space, expertise and facilities to accommodate large-
scale pieces where, smaller, Central London spaces may be otherwise be restricted.Continue Reading…

26
Sep

Turner Prize 2016

This week sees the opening of this year’s Turner Prize exhibition. Opening to the public on Tuesday, the show promises to be just as controversial as expected given this years nominees (which you can read more about here), and has already been given mixed reviews by the press.

Exhibits include Josephine Pryde’s train which had been open for visitors to ride on at previous exhibitions, but sits stationary in the Tate due to “leaves on the line”. Anthea Hamilton’s “Project for a door”, this year’s “poster boy” for the Prize, is one of many dominating sculptures in the exhibition.  With a title illustrative of the sculpture’s political statement, Michael Dean’s room full of pennies (“United Kingdom poverty line for two adults and two children: twenty thousand four hundred and thirty six pounds sterling as published on 1 September 2016.”) is another stand-out piece. The final nominee, Helen Marten, has further created works which prompt interaction with the gallery’s visitors by encouraging them to view her sculptures as if they were archaeologists, exploring the materials and discovering new insights.

This year’s Prize is open from Sep 27 – Jan 2 with the winner being announced on Dec 5.

To read more about the Prize, nominees and exhibition visit the Tate website.

09
Sep

Mtec Recommends… September 2016

The Autumn is upon us, and that means the busiest time of the year in the Art Calendar. Here’s our pick of September’s shows:

Sep, 8  – Oct, 22 2016 Marian Goodman Gallery – Giuseppe Penone: Fui, Sarò, Non Sono (I was, I will be, I am not)

Part of a two part exhibition, with a simultaneous show in Paris, the London element of Penone’s shows presents work which explore the relationship between the artist’s body and his surrounding ecosystem.


Sept, 15 – Dec, 17 2016 Gagosian, Mayfair – Richard Serra: DrawingsContinue Reading…

07
Sep

Great Fire 350

Last weekend saw a series of art events to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Highlights of the weekend included Martin Firrell’s ‘Fires Ancient and Modern’, which was projected onto the external dome of St. Paul’s cathedral, and David Best’s 120metre long sculpture of London which was set alight on the Thames on Sunday evening.Continue Reading…

31
Aug

Several tons of lead stolen from Kiefer Studio

Anselm Kiefer has fallen victim to lead thieves for a second time. Burglars dismantled a large work, comprised of 10 tons of lead and 12 tons of marble, in the artist’s workshop in Croissy-Beaubourg. Although the value of the artwork far exceeds the value of the raw materials, the thieves made away with lead valued at over 1500EUR per ton. Despite security and police presence, they were succeeded by another group of opportunists who were apprehended leaving the area with leftover metal from the scene.Continue Reading…

30
Aug

Poignant installation at Chatsworth House

The stunning grounds of Chatsworth House have been transformed as part of the 11th annual ‘Beyond Limits’ show in collaboration with Sotheby’s. The contemporary, outdoor sculpture show is a highlight of the art calendar, and this year has a poignant centrepiece in the form of ‘Lilas’; the Serpentine Pavillion designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid.

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18
Aug

Ai Weiwei’s ‘S.A.C.R.E.D’

After the success of the recent project at Downing College, Cambridge, it was a pleasure to work with Ai Weiwei again, this time in Cuenca, Spain. As part of a series of events taking place across Spain to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Weiwei’s iconic work ‘S.A.C.R.E.D’ is currently being exhibited in the 12th century cathedral of the Spanish city. The work, which is comprised of 6 cells detailing the Artist’s famous incarceration, presented a complex set of logistical challenges as did the unique exhibition space.Continue Reading…

17
Aug

Hackney Wick Artists’ stronghold under threat

More than 100 artists and small businesses stand to lose their studios to make way for a pedestrian bridge across the adjacent canal. Vittoria Wharf in Hackney Wick is due to be demolished by developers who plan to build additional homes in the area once the bridge is in place. Hackney Wick has long been the epicentre of Contemporary Art in London, with the Chapman Brothers, Gavin Turk and others basing themselves in the area, along with many fabricators, storage facilities and transport companies. The move has been described by developers as one which will enhance the area and help to further develop a community which has blossomed since the area’s regeneration to coincide with the Olympics. However, those who oppose the plans for eviction and demolition (some 2,500 have so far signed a petition) argue that demolishing the Wharf on this basis is, by definition, removing the very community which it intends to enhance.

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11
Aug

Expansion of our Packing Department

Over the forthcoming months Mtec will be introducing a number of exciting developments within our Packing Department. We are embarking on a research program into the use of new materials and processes for Fine Art packing and crating. We are keen to explore and utilize methods and materials from many different industries, which we feel could be beneficial for our clients, their artworks and the processes involved with transportation, storage and installation. Research will be focused on longevity of packing and casing and,  as with all of our ongoing developments, will have the key company directive of ecology and sustainability of products and services at its heart.

Heading up the research will be our newly appointed Head of Packing, Ross Dixon.Continue Reading…

09
Aug

Support #teammtec at the Art Techlympics!

On Saturday 13th August, Mtec will be taking part in the first Art Tech Space ‘Art Techlympics’ at Bow Arts Trust. Teams will be competing across a series of 5 events in a point based competition modelled on the Art Handler Olympics that held every 4 years in New York (http://www.ahonyc.com/), and, of course, #teammtec are going for Gold! Events include ‘The Hand of God’ – a timed, one-handed removal of the Art Handler’s best friend: the rubber glove, and we’ve been hard at work training for the day.

With music, food (supplied by Bexley Brewery Ltd, Steve’s Kitchen BBQ and more) and a chance to catch up with our colleagues and friends it promises to be a great day all round, and there are only a handful of spectator tickets left, so head to www.arttechlympics.uk to buy yours!