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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).

05
May

Mtec Experts | 5 things to consider when storing your collection

As an art logistics company we have a number of experts as part of our team, and we have decided to run a Mtec Experts slot on our blog. We’ll tap into our different specialist areas and impart some top tips based on our services and experience.

This month Head of our Shipping Department, Edward Naish looks at things to consider when selecting storage for your collection:

  1. Do the facilities fulfil any required insurance criteria? Our facilities are GRASP accredited for fine art storage conditions including climate control. We have over 75,000 sq.ft of storage, all of which is Customs Bonded and our security systems are NACOSS approved and we are covered by an ADT MXC Fire Detection system. Moreover, should you have any particular concerns or questions you are welcome to make an appointment to visit the facilities at any time.
  2. Do you require regular access to artworks for viewing or photography? Our Enfield warehouse has a state of the art viewing rooms and photography space alongside our fine art storage, reducing the need for double handling and additional transport costs plus third-party costs associated with renting a space. We also have dedicated working space at all of our locations for condition reporting and examining artwork.
  3. Does the facility enable you to have access to your collections information 24/7? It is useful to have an account that you can monitor online so you can update inventory and colleagues with correct information. An important part of remotely managing your stored collection is to schedule regular stock control and annual condition reporting. It also allows you to have access to any important documentation you may need to send on.
  4. Is there a possibility that works may require repacking in the future? An on-site, progressive packing workshop or facility not only reduces double handling but also guarantees that any decisions regarding packing can be made using the advice of an expert and with the long term transportation and storage of the work(s) in mind.
  5. Do you foresee any special circumstances regarding your collection or specific artworks? If you have works within your inventory which require regular maintenance, have specialist shipping considerations or require bespoke project management and installation, are plans, resources and staff in place to manage and monitor this? At Mtec’s facilities we have a number of specialist departments with staff from various backgrounds,  who will build a knowledge of your collection so that your mind can be rest reducing the need for third party suppliers.

If you’d like to discuss your individual needs or specifications regarding shipping and storage, then please do not hesitate to email info@mtecfreightgroup.com and we will arrange for one of our team to get in touch.

12
Jul

Conrad Shawcross’ – ‘Paradigm’

Earlier on in the year we had the honour of installing Conrad Shawcross’ ‘Paradigm’ at the Francis Crick Institute in London. Commissioned by both the Institute and the Wellcome Trust ‘Paradigm’ was selected as part of a collaboration between the Crick and Artwise Curators and is inspired by Thomas Kuhn’s theory that scientific discovery is not a linear process but the result of several shifts in thinking which lead to series of breakthroughs.Continue Reading…

08
Jul

Ron Arad @ St. Pancras International

After installing Ron Arad’s ‘Spyre’ at the Royal Academy of the Arts earlier this month, we’ve become huge fans of his work. This week, the Tel-Aviv based designer unveiled his monumental sculpture ‘Thought of Train of Thought’ at St. Pancras International, suspended high above the very platforms which he clearly remembers staring above on his first visit to the station in 1973. The twisted aluminium blades, which have been fabricated by a Dutch shipbuilder, rotate slowly in a manner which echoes the constant movement of ‘Spyre’, and which Arad hopes will have a calming effect on the bustling and busy commuters below.

You can read more about ‘Thought of Train of Thought’ here. To read more about our installation of ‘Spyre’ at the RA and to watch a video of the installation please visit our previous blog post here.

04
Jul

Mtec Recommends…July 2016

This month showcases several iconic artists and their work; making for a summer of celebration and reflection…

Jun, 2016 – May, 2017 Sculpture in the City 2016 – Various Artists

Once again the City of London is home to an inspiring collection of sculpture. This year, as proud sponsors, we have installed a total of 20 works including those by Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas, Anthony Caro and Giuseppe Penone.


Jul, 2 – Oct, 2 2016 Royal Academy of the Arts – David Hockney: 82 Portraits & 1 Still-life

As one of the most anticipated shows of the year, David Hockney’s return to the RA is not set to disappoint. With the entire show painted over the course of three days, and telling the story of those who have crossed paths with the artist over the last two years, the exhibition sees the influence of LA on Hockney’s work after his departure from Yorkshire.

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28
Jun

David Hockney at the Royal Academy

Hockney is back at the RA, and with a monumental show to say the least. 82 portraits and 1 still-life sees the influential painter return to the academy for the first time since his departure from his Yorkshire homeland and his return to the LA arts scene. The exhibition documents his exploration of portraiture, following a study of his studio manager, via a series of subjects including friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. Perhaps the most striking element of the series is the uniform size and setting of each of the portraits, helping to unify the group in stunning fashion, something only further cemented when we learn that all pieces in the show were completed in just three days of sittings!

For more information on the show please visit the Royal Academy website here.

Also showing at the RA is this year’s Summer Exhibition which you can read more about here.

‘David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life’ runs from Jul, 2 – Oct, 2 2016.

20
Jun

Sculpture in the City 2016

Whilst last week’s Art News was dominated (and quite rightly so) by the opening of the Tate’s Switch House, another art calendar staple was beginning to take shape on the other side of the Thames: Sculpture in the City 2016.

Mtec have been busy installing works around the City of London over the last two weeks including pieces by Mat Collishaw, Ugo Rondinone and Sarah Lucas and are again proud sponsors of the program.

You can keep up-to-date with the installations by following @sculpturecity and @mtec0 on twitter, and via the hashtags #installedbymtec & #sculptureinthecity. If you see us at work make sure you tag us too!

Sculpture in the City 2016 runs from Jun, 28 and more information can be found at the Sculpture in the City website.

(all images courtesy of @sculpturecity (twitter.com/sculpturecity))

16
Jun

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘Reporting from the Front’ is now in full swing. Opening on May, 28th the exhibition has a strong social focus, exploring the economic, political and environmental elements of architecture. Prominent offerings include Norman Foster’s ‘Droneports’ designed to deliver important aid, medical supplies and the like to remote areas in need and the Polish pavilion which highlights construction workers and the immigration issues surrounding their work abroad.

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13
Jun

Ai Weiwei @ Downing College

This week we have had a team  at Downing College, Cambridge installing Ai Weiwei’s Trees at the Heong Gallery. The major installation, outside of the gallery’s entrance, is part of the major exhibition ‘Trees and Cubes’, which runs from Jun, 17 – Oct, 9. You can watch a live stream of us installing the works in the run up to Tuesday’s opening at the Downing College website here

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10
Jun

Mtec & the Tate

This month sees the grand opening of ‘The Switch House’, the 20,700 sq m (222,813 sq ft) extension to the Tate Modern. We thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on our history working with the Tate on a variety of projects and locations, so here are our favourite moments from over the years:

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07
Jun

New Viewing Room facility

We are pleased to announce that phase 1 of our new Gallery Viewing Spaces is now complete at our Enfield facility. Based 30-40 minutes from Central London we have created a fully climate-controlled, lockable viewing space, suitable for the installation and photography of 2D and 3D artworks.  Set within 20,000sq.ft of storage space, and with a large external access shutter (approx. 4 x 4m), we are able to store and install large-scale pieces all at the same location.

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01
Jun

Mtec Recommends… June 2016

The summer has begun and here are our exhibition recommendations: some staples of the art calendar and some new and exciting additions.

May, 28 – Sep, 4 2016 Lincoln Castle – Poppies:Wave

Lincoln Castle becomes the second venue to host this monumental work by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. With it’s rich history and strong ties with World War One, Lincoln proves to be an inspirational setting for this breathtaking and emotive work.


 

Jun, 10 – Oct, 9 2016 Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses – Various Artists

This year the Serpentine Pavilion is joined by a series of Summer Houses which all take inspiration from the park’s rich history. You can read more about the individual Summer Houses and this year’s pavilion (designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)) here.

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