Brendan is an art handler. He will show you in a few clear steps how to safely pack work using a Museumpak art shipping box. Be sure to check it out — makes your packing life so much easier!
"This handbook is intended to be a reference for anyone involved in the packing and shipping of painting"
Packing your art for shipping can be a daunting experience. If you care about the art you’re shipping, or if you just want to learn the do’s and don’ts of packing and transporting, then keep on reading. We’ve recently come across a copy of Art in Transit, a classic but long forgotten manual that will help you deal with some of the challenges of preparing your art for transport. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to packing and shipping art, have lots of experience or — like us — care about doing things right. This extensive manual will be an ideal companion and give answers to most, if not all of your questions.
Art in Transit was written by museum experts and will tell you exactly what materials to use and what to avoid when packing different types of art like paintings or framed work. It will also speak to you in detail about evaluating fitness for travel if you work with fragile materials and dealing with environmental conditions. The differences between traveling by truck, train, airplane or ship help to clarify all of the works most important sensitivities and how to deal with them.
This book by far is the most complete in it’s genre and was published by the National Gallery of Art Washington in 1991. Originally written for galleries of art and museums, it brings together invaluable experiences of conservators, packers, and shippers of painting. Unfortunately the original publication is expensive and only a few copies are available on the market. Museumpak has come accross a digital copy that you can download for free at the following link.
kunstenkunstenaar just published an article with a few tricks of the trade explaining how you can save on shipping costs using Museumpak™ among others. It explains how you can save money on shipping art by following some simple guidelines, both for smaller work, using Museumpak art shipping boxes and parcel delivery services and for larger artworks using crates and freight services. Thank you!
At Museumpak we’re into art shipping boxes. We’ve spent years running studios, galleries and non-for-profits learning lessons that allowed us to get better at solving problems that matter. One of them is packing and shipping art.
Our story goes 15 years back when shipping 8 x 4 foot artworks in taped cardboard. Some of the works were damaged, some were in good condition. We were faced with a huge shipping bill because the boxes were oversized. Fedex was so nice to credit the bill, thank you! We sold the works and were saved, but we lost an artist. It’s a lesson that allowed us to move on while getting better at solving problems that matter.
Museumbox is the product of years of hard work. While working on the designs for our art shipping boxes, we had one thing in mind. Ship artwork safely while paying less. Less on packing and less on shipping, so you will have more time for art and live a happier life.
15 years down the road we’ve learned the dos and don’ts of shipping art. When it comes to saving time and money here’s the one thing we’re passionate about sharing. Make no compromises on shipping and make no compromises on art. With Museumpak we’re making it easier for you to go for the best, so you can stop worrying about Time, Money and Stress and stay best at what you do.
We’ll be releasing our art shipping boxes in Europe in April of 2018. We hope you will be as excited about them as we are and use them to ship your work over the road and by air. In the meantime, we would love you to have a look around and tell us what you think.
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