Looking to hunker down with a good book ? This is what we've been reading this summer.
"Collection Care" by Brent Powell provides a solid overview of basic artwork care procedures and policies.
The book begins with an introduction to collection care, including an important chapter on training and personal safety. Subsequent sections cover the principles of handling and caring for two- and three-dimensional artefacts, emphasising the importance of proper risk assessment and informed decision-making. The final two chapters discuss internal and external environmental factors relevant to collection care, including storage, condition reporting, crating, and transport. One key contribution of this book is its many photos, which provide a visual reference for handling techniques and apparatuses. Such a generously illustrated reference work is rare and extremely useful. The volume concludes with an extensive 'References and Resources' section, which guides readers to more detailed information on all the topics covered in the book.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 27, 2015)
available on amazon
Have you considered shipping your art with your national mail service? Postal services have increasingly concentrated their efforts on parcel deliveries. Why not use their vast networks to ship your art?
We have compared courier service rates with postal service rates for parcels. Postal service by far beats courier delivery companies when it comes to attractive pricing. When it comes to service, you'll find that courier service offers a faster service. It comes at a cost. TNT proves to be the most competitive in terms of pricing, followed by UPS and Fedex. It doesn't allow for insuring art though, while UPS and Fedex do offer that as an additional service.
When your deadline is not too tight, you can get your work to its destination, at a fraction of the cost by taking it to your local post office. Have access to all post's benefits and get better rates when you open a professional account. Check with your local post office!
Moebelspediteur is the leading magazine on transportation in the German region. In their latest issue (June 2019) they have featured a full page article on Museumpak. The latest issue can be downloaded through the website of Moebelspediteur. Thank you for this great article!
We’re introducing Free Shipping to Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Small and Medium Box price includes delivery to your address.
We've also just added phenomenal new rates for delivery to Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal & Ireland. Check them out before they’re gone! Starting as low as 20€. Bringing your total shipping bill to a historical low.
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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