Norrköping Art Museum: the art of transporting art
Norrköping Art Museum opened the centenary celebration of Finland’s independence with the exhibition “Förstärkt verklighet (Augmented reality)”. The exhibition presented works from some of Finland’s leading contemporary artists: a broad spectrum of art, from huge paintings and creations in fabric to crystal balls and microfilm. All of the pieces were transported by MTAB, from Finland to the entry steps of the museum.
Exhibition curator Helena Scragg smiles as she recalls her impressions of the transport: “I was truly impressed when the MTAB blue lorry arrived at the museum steps. When the driver opened the door of the loading compartment, I was met by a sight that was in itself a work of art. The lorry had been packed so carefully: the crates fit against each other as if in a game of Tetris. Our collaboration with MTAB has roots far back in time, but I never cease to be amazed about how professional and service-minded they are. It’s quite clear that the personnel really put their hearts into the work. There’s never any problem at all, at any step from order to delivery.”
Crafted transport crates in modern art-transport vehicles
Each exhibition requires a unique transport solution, and “Förstärkt verklighet (Augmented reality)” was no exception. Most of the pieces were transported in hand-constructed transport crates on modern art-transport vehicles in which the temperature and humidity were carefully controlled to ensure that the works remained in perfect condition. There was, however, one exception. Alma Heikkilä’s huge paintings only just fit into the vehicles, and had to be packaged using bubble wrap since space was so limited. Extreme care was essential.
MTAB has an office in Finland, which means that it’s easy to order express transport, without an intermediate loading step. The art comes straight to our entry steps. This is an invaluable service when time is short,
Paint drying in transport
The piece “Sista dansen (The last dance)/Viimeinen tanssi” by Elina Merenmies was painted in Finland in the same week that the exhibition opened in Norrköping. MTAB collected the painting before the paint had had time to dry, and the painting was handled and transported without any packaging at all.
Transporting a piece while the paint is drying shows how flexible MTAB is. The work is now on display here in perfect condition. It’s just amazing!