"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.