News

29
Nov

Mtec Shipping | New specialist vehicle for our inventory

This week we’ll be accepting delivery of the latest vehicle to join our inventory: the IVECO 440-570 heavy haulage tractor for abnormal and heavy loads. It is equipped with the latest environmental technology including emission standard control EUO 6, compliant with the Inner London Low emission zone. It also carries the latest safety standard specification for TFL cycle safety initiative, with side and rear camera system, cyclist sensor units and Red-Amber- Green traffic light warnings for cyclists and pedestrians, with proximity warning to driver and audible warning for cyclists on the busy London streets.Continue Reading…

27
Nov

Mtec Installations | Ai Weiwei @ Fundación PROA

Team Mtec recently headed to Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires to install Ai Weiwei’s ‘Forever Bicycles’ as part of his first major South American retrospective. The retrospective, curated by Marcello Dantas, includes a number of iconic installations, sculptures, photographs and videos exploring social, economic and political inconsistencies, themes commonly broached in Weiwei’s work.

The exhibition is part of a collaboration between the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center (CCBB), Fundación Proa and Ternium, Organización Techint and also includes a program of talks and activities during its duration.

Ai Weiwei @ Fundación Proa runs until the end Feb 2018, more details can be found at their website here

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…

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…

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!

 

 

02
Aug

Mtec Recommends… August 2016

Traditionally one of the quietest months in the art calendar, August may not be full of exhibition openings but there are some great events and opportunities to explore this Summer…

Aug, 5 2016 Tate Britain – Late at Tate Britain: Rang Baranga

Taking inspiration from Rasheed Araeen‘s colourful sculpture, this late evening opening serves as a celebration of Summer, with music, food and activities to get you in the Summer spirit!


 

Aug, 11 2016 Whitechapel Gallery – Curator’s Tour: Keith Sonnier

Join Assistant Curator Habda Rashid for a tour of ‘Light Works’, the latest exhibition of neon installations by Keith Sonnier.

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29
Jul

De-installing in Doha…

Two of our project managers have been in Doha at the QM Gallery ALRAWIQ this week de-installing the 8 x 12 metre, 40 tonne sculpture ‘Freedom’ by Peng Yu & Sun Yuan. The piece, which was part of Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture, is comprised of a fire hose, on full blast, flailing wildly within the confines of the steel structure. You can see ‘Freedom’ in situ in the below video.

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26
Jul

RA to exhibit groundbreaking 3D Scanner

In September the RA will unveil a new, groundbreaking exhibit in the form of the Veronica Chorographic scanner. Developed by the Factum Foundation, the scanner (which was originally created for medical purposes) gives a highly accurate facsimile of the sitter, which will then be printed as 3D life-size busts. Visitors will also receive an electronic file containing the 3D scan of themselves.

Adam Lowe and Manuel Franquelo, founders of Factum, describe the scanner as a “wart and all” objective view of the self, free from the subjective interpretation of the sculptor. It takes just 4 seconds to take 96 high resolution images from every angle which go on to form the 3 million polygons of the final 3d image. We can’t wait to see it in action!

For more information on the scanner and its place in the RA click here.