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25 Apr 2016

'Art Handling, Transport and Storage' by Node Center

*Image courtesy of Eva Riess

'Art Handling, Transport and Storage' Online Course by Node Center
Node Center for Curatorial Studies


Duration: May 17 - Jun 7, 2016 Application deadline: May 14, 2016 Lecturer: Eva Rieß Participation fee: 148 EUR


Node Center for Curatorial Studies
Oranienstr. 24
10999 Berlin

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'Art Handling, Transport and Storage' by Node Center
with Eva Rieß

*Video-conferences every Tuesday at 7pm Central European Time. Recordings will be available in case you miss a live session!

This course offers specially designed training on the handling, storage and transportation of cultural heritage focusing on modern and contemporary artworks (paintings, sculptures and installation works).

Artworks have to be moved, packed, transported, stored and presented properly to guarantee their preservation and safety. Curators, gallery staff, art handlers and technicians are in direct and frequent contact with artworks and therefore need to know the essentials of proper care, maintenance and preservation. Additionally, in an ever-expanding global art world this knowledge is crucial as the loan and transportation of works of art have increased significantly in recent years

This course is useful for anyone in contact with artworks and will provide basic guidelines for handling, packaging, transport and storage of works of art. In addition, art conservator Eva Rieß will enrich these guidelines, methods and techniques through case studies and day-to-day examples.

- Duration: May 17 - Jun 7, 2016
- Application deadline: May 14, 2016
- Lecturer: Eva Rieß
- Participation fee: 148 EUR

*Full information and enrollments:


Week 1: Handling

general introduction into handling artworks: how to touch, move and place objects
what not to do – common mistakes in art handling
handling equipment and its application

Week 2: Packing (How to pack and crate an artwork)

different crates used for transport (e.g. transportation frames, climate buffered crates) and their applications
overview on materials used for soft packings like Tyvek, bubble wrap, Polyethylene foil or acid-free cardboard
basic guide to safeguard glazed and framed paintings and drawings/works on paper

Week 3: Transport

basics about how to transport artworks
handling equipment: how to make best use of pallet jacks, forklifts and other devices to move heavy duty artworks
requirements for short, in-house as well as long distance transports
introduction on how to communicate with a transport company

Week 4: Storage

general requirements on storage organisation
materials and tools for storage use
monitoring, pest management, housekeeping
summary of good practices for daily work