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17
Nov

Mtec Shipping | 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.

A Victorian Royal Academian, George Frederic Watts OM (1817–1904) was the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and his works helped to form the collections of the Tate and National Portrait Gallery in their infancy. As a sculptor in the Victorian age, Watts created several iconic public commissions throughout his career and his ambition to revive the question monument led to personal commissions for members of the British aristocracy. ‘Physical Energy’ is a great example of how his private work served to act as a cumulative study for his ambitious public projects, and after initial posthumous presentation in the RA courtyard in 1904, further casts were shipped and show in Cape Town, Harare and closer to home in Kensington Gardens.In 2017, the Watts Gallery Trust commissioned this fourth bronze cast of Physical Energy to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Watts. Following its presentation at the RA, the cast will be installed permanently at the Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village in Compton, Surrey.

The work is being exhibited in the Annenburg Courtyard, Royal Academy of the Arts in collaboration with the Watts Gallery Trust and will be on display from Nov, 20 2017 – Mar, 30 2018

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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…

24
May

First look inside the Tate extension…

Next month marks the opening of the new Tate Modern extension and in our newsletter we’ll be looking back at our work with the gallery since it opened in 2000. The Guardian had an exclusive ‘first look’ around the Switch House and have released some amazing images which give us a peep ahead of the doors opening on the 17th. You can see the images and read Oliver Wainwright’s account of the space here.

 

17
May

Serpentine Pavilion 2016

Construction began the week on this year’s Serpentine Pavilion. This summer the programme has expanded to include four summer houses in Kensington Gardens in addition to the Pavillion, which has been designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The summer houses have been Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Khan and take their inspiration from previous pavilions through the park’s history from as far as the 18th Century.

The Pavilions & additional Summer Houses will open to the public on Jun, 10.

For more information visit the Serpentine website.

16
May

Turner Prize 2016: Shortlist Announced

Last week saw the announcement of this year’s Turner Price shortlist. This year’s nominees include Michael Dean, the only male artist, Anthea Hamilton, whose piece, ‘Project for Door (After Gaetano Pesce’, appears to have been selected as this year’s poster child for the prize (thanks to the rather large buttocks which take centre stage), and London based Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde.

The Prize sees a return, after recent years which contained a heavy element of conceptual and filmic works, to more ‘traditional’ mediums, with a strong, sculptural contingent.

You can read more about the individual nominees here.

12
May

Lisson Gallery opens in New York

Last week saw the opening of Lisson Gallery, New York with the inaugural show by Carmen Herrera, which runs until Jun, 11).  The New York gallery becomes the third Lisson Gallery space, alongside their prominent galleries in London and Milan. We have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Lisson Gallery since the beginnings of Mtec and wish them every success with their new space and program of exhibitions.

To find out more about the forthcoming shows at Lisson Gallery, New York please visit their website.

 

09
May
05
May

Turner Contemporary – Seeing Round Corners

We are honoured to have been assigned as shippers for Turner Contemporary’s forthcoming show, ‘Seeing Round Corners’, featuring works by Barry Flanagan, Anish Kapoor, Barbara Hepworth, Paul Nash, David Batchelor, Richard Long and Ben Nicholson, amongst others. The show explores how artists have responded to phenomenon of the circle and draws on a wealth of concepts and subjects from the atomic and the cosmic, geometry and optics, to time, rotation and visual perception.

To read more about the show, which opens on Sat, May, 21 you can read the official press release on the Turner Contemporary website.

Turner Contemporary is a Registered Charity and relies on the support and patronage of those who donate to continue their ongoing work. You can donate and pledge your support here.

03
May

ArcelorMittal Orbit

Last week saw Anish Kapoor and Carsten Holler open their collaborative slide at the Arcelor Mittal Orbit, and tickets go on sale for the first public descents, which will be made on June, 24. The world’s tallest tunnel slide, at 80 metres, allows views for 20 miles across London whilst you await your descent and at 42p per second and speeds up to 15mph the slide is guaranteed to be an unparalleled experience. and a few of us will definitely be heading down as soon as it opens.

For more information on the project you can read about the opening here and visit the Olympic Park website to pre-book your tickets.

 

 

26
Apr
24
Apr

V&A Engineering Season

From June, 18 – Nov, 6 2016 the V&A will be holding a number of events and exhibitions for their Engineering Season which highlights engineers as the ‘unsung heroes of design’. Mtec will be installing the Elytra Filament Pavillion, designed by architect Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Aterm which opens on May, 18.

The Pavilion will grow over the course of the Season in response to data on structural behaviour and patterns of inhabitation of the Garden and visitors will have the opportunity to witness the Pavilion’s construction as new cells are fabricated in-situ by a Kuka robot.

Other events include a celebration of British Engineering in London and an exhibition covering the legacy of Ove Arup’s life’s work.

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07
Apr

#installedbyMtec

With the warmer Spring weather on its way we want you to keep your eyes peeled for our teams installing across the country. We often come across photos of our teams installing works at various sites and galleries and love seeing our work in progress, so if you spot us at work or are organising a project that we are working on and take a snap, please make sure that you tag us (@mtec0) or use one of our installation hashtags (#installedbymtec or #bigsculpturesolidteam). In addition, if we are working for you and you would like us to promote a project, installation or exhibition please let us know!

Above are a selection of some of the projects which are already part of #installedbymtec or #bigsculpturesolidteam collection. Don’t forget to follow us on instagram and twitter (@mtec0) for regular updates.