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Momentous Fine Art Event Attracts Corporate Collection Curators and Artists

During London Frieze Week, Momentous Fine Art hosted an event at Christie’s Education London. The session attracted a large audience of corporate collection Curators and artists eager to hear from art experts on the unique challenges and delights of curating corporate collections.

The panel of distinguished speakers discussed aspects to consider when curating a corporate collection, using case studies and personal experiences to illustrate the salient points. The discussion was chaired by Laura Uccello from Momentous Fine Art, with questions from the audience.

 

 

Alistair Hicks introduced some of his favourite works he had selected for corporate collections and how the perception of art in the workplace has changed over the years. He raised examples of companies who were using art as a way of inspiring and engaging their employees.

John Sharples strongly debated the suitability of some well known works for a corporate collection.

Maggie O’Regan explained the benefits to a corporate collection of having an artist in residence.

The challenges of selecting artwork and the parameters that a curator must work within were a key area of discussion. Christopher Gaillard provided clarity regarding how curators can make wise decisions.

 

Momentous Fine Art Curating Corporate Collections

 

Thank you to:

Alistair Hicks, Curator Deutsche Bank Collection
Jon Sharples, Curator Simmons & Simmons
Maggie O’Regan, Curator Pinsent Masons LLP
Christopher Gaillard, Gurr Johns Chairman
Laura Uccello, Christie’s Education Alumni
Christie’s Education for the use of your amazing venue

 

Nick Hornby Artist in Residence

 

London’s top events during Frieze Week and beyond

Our art experts have identified the their hotly tipped openings and exhibitions to visit this year during Frieze week. #ArtMoment #Momentous

Must-See Gallery Openings During Frieze Week

Yayoi Kusama, courtesy Ota Fine Arts

Yayoi Kusama: The Moving Moment when I went to the Universe | Victoria Miro | 3 October – 21 December 2018 | Visit their site here

Pietro Consagra |Robilant + Voena | 27 September – 16 November | Visit their site here

Paula Rego | Marlborough Fine Art | 12 September – 27 October  | Visit their site here

 

Museum Exhibitions to Visit During Frieze Week

Mantegna and Bellini | The National Gallery | 1 October 2018 – 27 January 2019 | Visit their site here

Space Shifters | Hayward Gallery | 26 September – 6 January 2019 | Visit their site here

Christian Marclay: The Clock |Tate Modern | 14 September – 20 January 2019 | Visit their site here

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings | The Royal Academy | 14 September – 20 January 2019 | Visit their site here

 

Need some help with shipping, storing or installing artworks?

If you are attending and you need some support with your collection or purchases then we are here to support you during London’s most demanding week with the following dedicated services; Daily Shuttle Service to Frieze, Last-Minute Installation Support and Temporary Storage. Contact Us to Learn More about our Frieze Week Services.

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It’s Frieze Week…are you ready?

So it is finally here! Frieze Week is off to a strong start this year featuring 160 of the world’s leading galleries. Visitors can view and buy art from over 1,000 of today’s leading artists. And Momentous are on-site throughout the week. Here is a round-up of our top tips for the week.

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Curating Corporate Spaces: Latest Trends From Leading Corporate Curators

Our Frieze Week Event in collaboration with Christie’s Education is completely Sold Out! To learn more about the event visit our recent post. We cannot wait to discuss top-insights on corporate collections with our favourite curators.

Email : laura.uccello@momentousltd.com for last-minute tickets, limited availability.

 

London’s top events during Frieze Week and beyond

Take a look at our post to find out about the must-see gallery openings and museum exhibitions for Frieze Week.

Need some help with shipping, storing or installing artworks?

If you are attending and you need some support with your collection or purchases then we are here to support you during London’s most demanding week with the following dedicated services; Daily Shuttle Service to Frieze, Last-Minute Installation Support and Temporary Storage. Contact Us to Learn More about our Frieze Week Services.

Christie's Education Event Curating Corporate Spaces for Corporate Collection Curators

Event Registration: Curating Corporate Spaces

Latest Trends from today’s leading Corporate Collection Curators

We are hosting an event in collaboration with Christie’s Education on 4 October 2018

 

Living and working with art completely transforms the way we perceive works as well as the way they interact with us in our daily lives.

 

Momentous Fine Art in collaboration with Christie’s Education presents an interesting dialogue with London’s leading corporate collection curators as they share insights into their collections and their personal connoisseurship.

 

Discover how corporate collections have grown from being decorative additions to a corporate setting into becoming part of the identity of leading banks and law firms. Our panel of corporate collection experts will share interesting case studies from their own practice while looking ahead to future trends in the world of corporate collecting.

 

 

The Corporate Collection Panel

 

Alistair Hicks, Curator Deutsche Bank Collection
Jon Sharples, Curator Simmons & Simmons
Maggie O’Regan, Curator Pinsent Masons LLP
Christopher Gaillard, Gurr Johns Chairman
Laura Uccello, Christie’s Education Alumni and Business Development Manager for Momentous Fine Art

 

 

Please do join Momentous and Christie’s Education for drinks, canapés and conversation

Christie’s Education
42 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NB

Thu, October 4, 2018 / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM BST

 

 

Click the button below to register via Eventbrite

If you are having trouble with the link, you can copy and paste this URL into your browser:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/curating-corporate-spaces-latest-trends-from-todays-leading-corporate-collection-curators-tickets-49990796819

 

 

 

Christie’s Education is unique in being wholly owned by Christie’s Auction House, signaling the importance Christie’s places on practical experience of art through education as the key to professional success. Founded in 1978, our graduates have gone on to careers in the art world having experienced the highest quality education in Art History, connoisseurship and the art market from the inside. As the only major auction house to directly offer degree and non-degree programmes, Christie’s Education continues to follow the principles of hands-on exposure to art, immersing our students in the art world from the beginning of their studies.

3D Festival Opening Weekend of V&A Dundee

Top 3 Must-See Exhibitions this September

Written by Laura Uccello. September offers a glimpse into the exciting fall programming of UK’s leading institutions. Here are our Top 3 Must-See Exhibitions opening in September:

 

3D Festival Opening Weekend of V&A Dundee – (14-16 September)

3D Festival Opening Weekend of V&A Dundee

Photo Credit: The Scotsman.com pictured Architect Kengo Kuma on the V&A Dundee Waterfront

The highly anticipated opening of Scotland’s first ever design museum will be taking place over the weekend of 14-16 of September. The 3D Festival will celebrate the opening of this magnificent waterfront structure designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma. The event will include performances by leading figures of the Scottish rock and psychedelic scene such as Lewis Capaldi, Be Charlotte,  and Primal Scream who will be performing with visual artist and Turner Prize nominee Jim Lambie.

Visit the permanent collection exhibited in the Scottish Design Galleries and do not miss the first temporary exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style which illustrates the glamour, design and cultural impact of ocean liners during the first-half of the 20th century.

 

Space Shifters – Hayward Gallery (26 September – 6 January 2019)

Hayward Gallery will close its 50th Anniversary Year with an incredible group exhibition featuring 20 international artists who explore volume, space, light and scale.

Space Shifters will feature works by 20 leading international artists – ranging from minimalist installations from the 1960s to site-specific commissioned works.

Featured artists will include: Leonor Antunes, Larry Bell, Fred Eversley, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jeppe Hein, Roni Horn, Robert Irwin, Ann Veronica Janssens, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Alicja Kwade, John McCracken, Josiah McElheny, Helen Pashgian, Charlotte Posenenske, Fred Sandback, Monika Sosnowska, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, De Wain Valentine and Richard Wilson.

Learn More on the Hayward Gallery website: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/space-shifters

Space Shifters – Hayward Gallery

Photo credit: Hayward Gallery

 

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings – The Royal Academy of Arts (15 September – 20 January 2019)

Discover the vision and inspiration behind one of the greatest architects of our time. Designed and curated by Piano himself, this retrospective offers a unique insight into 16 specific projects which defined the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

The exhibition will include never-before-seen drawings, models, photography, signature full-scale maquettes spanning over the last 30 years of Piano’s career. It will also include a central ‘Island’ which will be composed by visuals of over 100 of Piano’s projects.

Learn More on the Royal Academy of Arts website: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/renzo-piano

Renzo Piano The Shard: A View from St Thomas Street

Renzo Piano,The Shard: A View from St Thomas Street, 2018. © RPBW.

 

 

 

 

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Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend Highlights

Written by Laura Uccello, Momentous Fine Art.

From the South Kensington Museum Quarter to King’s Road, there is no doubt the borough of Kensington & Chelsea has an incredible offering of museums, galleries and cultural hubs. Over the last weekend of July, we were delighted to further explore this interesting borough through the lens of the Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend.

Through a series of talks, studio workshops, gallery visits as well as exhibition tours; the Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend celebrated the creativity and heritage of artists, gallerists and cultural institutions within this borough. Here are our favourite talks from this fantastic weekend:

 

Catherine Miller Gallery: Importing Colour an Introduction of Latin American Art

The Catherine Miller Gallery is a staple of Hollywood Road. Since the 1950s this family-run gallery has been specialising in Latin American Art from the 1950s through present-day. Gallery Director Catherine Miller and her daughter Cordelia Miller hosted a talk on their experiences working with artists from Latin America, particularly from Argentina and Brazil. The gallery currently works with artists such as: Sofia Neptuno and Claudio Giannini among many others.

To learn more about this gallery visit: https://www.catharinemiller.com/

Gallery Director Catherine Miller and her daughter Cordelia Miller
Gallery Director Catherine Miller and her daughter Cordelia Miller

 

 

The Royal Society of Sculptors: An Audience with Alistair Hicks

Hosted by After Nyne Magazine, Alistair Hicks shared his highlights as Senior Curator of the Deutsche Bank Art Collection – the World’s Largest Corporate Art Collection. For over twenty years, Alistair was responsible for managing over 60,000 works on paper within 45 countries as well as works by leading German artists such as Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer. Nowadays, Alistair is focusing on curating international museum exhibitions and publishing. His latest book is a survey on contemporary art entitled ‘The Global Art Compass: New Directions in 21st century Art.’

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An Audience with Alistair Hicks (R)

 

 

To learn more about ‘The Global Art Compass: New Directions in 21st century Art’ written by Alistair Hicks visit: https://www.thamesandhudsonusa.com/books/the-global-art-compass-new-directions-in-21st-century-art-hardcover

To learn more about After Nyne Magazine: http://www.afternynemagazine.com/art/

To learn more about The Royal Society of Sculptors: https://sculptors.org.uk/

For more information about the Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend visit: https://www.kensingtonartweekend.com/

 

Paul Norman Joins Momentisu Fine Art

Momentous Fine Art announce the appointment of Paul Norman as General Manager

9 April 2018 London UK: Momentous, the specialist fine art logistics company, is proud to announce the appointment of Paul Norman as General Manager.

Paul has over 12 years’ experience in fine art logistics, having worked in some of the industry’s leading providers. Prior to joining Momentous, Paul held the position of General Manager at The British Shop where he developed their fine art shipping business and took a leading role in building their international operations.

At Momentous, Paul will focus on the development of the company’s fine art, storage, shipping and installation business to support its private and corporate client base.

Paul says “It is a fantastic opportunity to join Momentous.  Over the years I have seen the company grow in popularity with collectors, dealers, designers and museums.  My plans are ambitious, and I am looking forward to building on the existing Momentous business capabilities to make it a first choice when it comes to selecting a specialist fine art shipping and installations company.

Momentous was established in London during the 1970s as an independent fine art shipping company under the trademark – B.B.F Shipping. Today, it is owned by the AGM Group, a privately-owned business which is investing in the company’s systems, operational best practice, technology and people.

Paul Evans, Chairman of the AGM Group said “We have a robust long-term investment plan for Momentous. Paul Norman’s appointment is part of our talent strategy to employ the best people within the fine art business.  He has a clear vision, a terrific passion for art and the range of operational expertise necessary for the role. He understands what our customers are looking for which will drive innovation in our services and create value for our customers.  I feel that he will be a strong leader for Momentous.

Paul Norman’s appointment is effective immediately. If you have a fine art project you wish to discuss with him, please contact:

Paul Norman

General Manager Momentous Fine Art

paul.norman@momentousltd.com

T: + 44 20 3780 4545

M: +44 7738 27 84 41

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5 Best Shows of 2018: Top Picks from Interior Designer Service Experts

From sustainable living to future trendsetters, our interior design service experts have compiled a list of the most anticipated interior design shows coming to London this year.

The city of London will host a variety of trade shows in 2018, yet none grab our attention more than those relating to interior design. With major brands and huge industry names flocking from around the world to showcase their latest and greatest achievements, there are some truly unmissable events taking place this year. Our interior designer service experts reveal the five events we believe nobody should miss:

 

Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre

February 6 to February 9.

Described as

Tate Modern (the disused Bankside power station) London, England, UK, Europe in the late afternoon

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.

Be sure to share your own personal favourites with Momentous on Twitter

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.

Artist painting artwork at workspace

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.