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Fine Art Movers Discuss: Top 5 Art Exhibitions of 2018

Local fine art movers and London exhibition enthusiasts cover the unmissable art installations of 2018.

This year, London’s top museums promise an incredible season of exhibitions, led by blockbuster artists such as Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet and Sir Francis Bacon. Based on their years of experience in the world of art, our fine art experts have carefully selected the top five London museum exhibitions to visit in 2018.

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Charles I: King and Collector

January 27 – April 15.

Charles I was a noted fine art collector until his execution in 1649, collecting 2,000 pieces of art. Following his death, his beloved collection was sold around Europe by Cromwell. During the Restoration, Charles II unsuccessfully attempted to reassemble the collection by retrieving the sold works. Many of the pieces that were once part of the collection now reside within the permanent collections of European museums, including the Prado and the Louvre.

This year, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Collection have reunited a vast array of the former King’s greatest masterpieces for the first time in 350 years, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck (La Roi a la Chasse) and Titian. This exhibition will include over 100 works of art, spreading from the fifteenth to sixteenth century.

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

February 28 – August 27.

Tate Britain refers to this exhibition as a “reminder of some of the best painters of human life, from big names like Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon to rarer works from Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego”.

This exhibition will interestingly feature Sir Francis Bacon’s large-scale portrait of Lucian Freud — a work that has been in private hands and not exhibited for over 50 years. The six-foot portrait depicts Freud bare-chested and curled up in the corner of a dark room. Although Bacon and Freud were viewed by many as rivals, they were inseparable friends, as shown through the series of portraits each artist made of the other.

The exhibition will also show a portrait of Bacon’s lover, Peter Lacy. This work was completed in 1962, the year of Lacy’s death, and has not shown publicly in the UK.

Michael Jackson: On the wall

June 28 – October 21.

Dedicated to the late singer Michael Jackson, the summer of 2018 will see the National Portrait Gallery host an exhibition exploring the King of Pop’s influence on contemporary artwork.

A vibrant and exciting portal into the ever-evolving art scene, Michael Jackson: On the Wall will feature work inspired by the singer from over 40 artists, sourced from both public and private collections. Including the likes of Andy Warhol and pieces created specifically for this display, the exhibition is a striking portrayal of the impact popular culture can have on modern art movements.

Monet & Architecture

April 9 – July 29.

The National Gallery will be showcasing the enchanting architectural paintings of Claude Monet — the first solo exhibition for the artist in London during the last 20 years. The exhibition will span throughout Monet’s entire career and feature cityscapes of Paris, London and Venice. The exhibition will be subdivided into three sections, capturing a wide diversity of buildings. ‘The Village and the Picturesque’, ‘The City and the Modern’ and ‘The Monument and the Mysterious.

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

June 16 – November 4.

Perhaps the most intriguing exhibition of the year is Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self up at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Following her death, for 50 years her possessions were kept by her husband Diego Rivera and only unearthed in 2004. The museum will be showcasing Kahlo’s personal collection for the very first time in the UK. This exhibition will also mark the first time it is shown publicly outside of Mexico.

These remarkable installations and exhibitions are some of the most hotly anticipated of 2018. If you have your own exhibition coming up, you deserve a fine art shipping service that will treat your masterpieces as if they were Monet’s. To find out how our exhibition logistics experts can help you, get in touch with Momentous today.

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5 Things All Artists Should Know About Fine Art Shipping and Storage

The more you know about fine art shipping and storing your masterpieces, the more at ease you’ll feel. At Momentous, we have you covered

Speak to any artist, no matter what their medium or style, and you’ll come away with one firm conclusion: they love their work. As fine art movers, this is something we appreciate. We know that your art has taken time, effort and dedication to create and it represents a part of you. Saying goodbye to your masterpiece and shipping it off can be stressful and difficult. You expect and deserve the greatest of consideration when it comes to shipping and storing your art.

It all starts with research. You should know that not all fine art shipping services are alike and, if you make the wrong choice, you could end up regretting it. After all, there is no shortage of disastrous fine art shipping stories out there. To ensure your work arrives at its destination safe and sound, we’ve put together a list of five critical points you should consider before shipping and storing your fine art.

1. Insurance is your best friend — make sure you’re covered

It is better to be safe than sorry. No matter how many failsafes are put in place, there is always a chance that something could go wrong, so it makes sense to protect yourself in case of accident or emergency. At Momentous, we recommend you arrange insurance to cover your goods. There are a number of reputable and experienced companies that can help you arrange insurance to give you peace of mind when transporting your work of art. If you could do with a helping hand, we’re happy to point you in the right direction.

2. You need to think about custom cases

Moving fine art is a fine art in itself. The whole process requires a specialised process, careful handling and expert knowledge. For this reason, we recommend artists consider custom cases to house their valuable artwork. Such cases will take into account your art’s size and shape, providing you with bespoke protection during transport from industry standard art cases to full museum specification cases.

At Momentous, you can rest assured that our crates adhere to International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) ISPM-15 wood treatment regulations, and wherever possible, we’re committed to using ecologically friendly materials. On top of this, our cases are packed by experts and trained art technicians, leaving you free to concern yourself with more creative matters.

3. Take your time deciding whether to ship by sea or air

Our fine art delivery service takes into account national and international shipping, which will require a decision as to whether to transport by air or sea. This isn’t always an easy decision — you need to consider the best and safest transport rates. With us, you can rest assured that our company is a FIDI FAIM accredited member, so have a diverse global network that will ensure the transportation is organised to the highest standards.

Artists should know there are a number of freight services, including commercial air freight (which is our most popular service), flight courier (ideal for artists who require urgent shipping or a more personal service) and fine art shipping by sea. Shipping by sea tends to be much more cost-effective and suitable for artists with large-volume shipments. Before making your shipping decision, take into account budget, time and urgency.

4. You should be picky about selecting your fine art movers

You shouldn’t accept second-best when it comes to shipping and moving your fine art. You should be particular and find fine art movers who are experts and who have a great deal of experience under their belts. Before you hire a service, do your homework and learn as much as you can about the reputation of the movers among private collectors, art galleries and auction houses. In this business, reputation is everything, and it won’t take long for you to discover whether or not a fine art shipping company is worth your money. Don’t be afraid to get in touch and ask questions regarding who they are certified by and who provides their on-site quality assessments.

At Momentous, we pride ourselves on our 30 years of experience and our white glove service that requires extensive training and provides high levels of professionalism. We want our clients to know that we take our work — and yours — seriously. We hire qualified specialists who know everything about temperature and humidity control, to best preserve and protect your fine art from cracking and flaking.

5. The best art storage systems provide high-tech security technology

The unfortunate reality of life is that thefts do take place, particularly in the art world. When you’re shipping and storing your work, look for a business that will take the greatest of care in terms of security. For example, our 50,000 square foot storage facility is purpose-built to keep your art safe with sophisticated security measures, such as 24-hour monitored CCTV systems, intruder alarms, high-security perimeter fencing and anti-theft systems.

To find out how our team at Momentous can help you with your international fine art shipping, transportation and exhibition logistics, call us on 020 3780 4545. Our dedicated specialists will guide you through the whole process and discuss your exact needs to ensure you’re at ease and comfortable.