Best Art Handling Practices

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Ron Minnicks explains proper art handling techniques for museum installation professionals.

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Best Art Handling Practices

  1. ABOUTMore than two decades experience asa museum professional.Installed thousands of pieces of artincluding works by artists such asMonet, Matisse, Picasso, Dali, Bottero,Dufy and RenoirWorked with the collections of majormuseums including the Victoria &Albert Museum in London, The USState Department, The PhiladelphiaMuseum of Art and the Chatsworthcollection.
  2. ARTHANDLING
  3. “The maintenance of fine art works and Art Handlingartifacts, intake and preparation, packing and shipping, and exhibition installation and dismantling.”
  4. TOOLS
  5. CONDITION REPORT
  6. UNCRATING
  7. String Line 60” or 153 cm
  8. ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE CONTROL
  9. 72Degrees 53%Humidity +/- 3Degrees
  10. LIGHTING AND LIGHTING TOOLS
  11. SECURITY
  12. Install monitoring systemsMake regular inspections.Take precautions toprevent accidental damage
  13. RE-PACKING
  14. GlassineAcid free paperRoll of plasticBubble wrapPacking Tape
  15. REMEMBER
  16. Reference or Re-Use Old Packing Materials
  17. ARCHIVALSTORAGE
  18. Climate ControlledArchival Quality Storage MaterialsVariety of SizesClear LabelingAccessibility
  19. Protective sleeve to keep partial mounts stable
  20. Acid Free Paper
  21. Protective Gloves
  22. Trusted Sources for Archival Materials • www.gaylord.com• www.universityproducts.com
  23. CONCLUSION
  24. Art Handling is aBig Responsibility Not a Burden
  25. • Plan ahead• Have the correct tools & materials
  26. • Focus on detail• Document everything
  27. • Don’t rush• Safety first
  28. • Measure• A LOT
  29. When you don’t know the answer, ask!
  30. Contact me: Ron Minnickswbpronmin@aol.com Art handling and installation questions,resources or consultation.

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