How art works move from one museum to another

Monday, March 04 00.49 GMT

How art works move from one museum to another

HR artworks they travel from one place to another all the time. We almost never notice this because we see them already assembled, but the process they follow for get from one place to another It is very interesting

In the first place, for a work to have permission to travel, the museum that asks for it must present a facilities report (facility report), which details the conditions of ventilation, temperature, safety, etc.

Afterwards, a report of conditions in which the details of the piece are described. This happens because the works have a sure, known as from nail to nail, that protects them with sums millionaires since they take off in their museum of origin, until it hangs in the museum that receives them.


All the pieces travel in a unique and special packaging called packaging. The work is wrapped in a tissue paper to avoid damage to the paint and then in another more porous paper that allows breathing. Then, it is placed in a wooden box, padded inside, which fixes the work and cushions the blows it might receive. The box is sealed, waterproofed and marked as fragile.

Transfer and arrival

After being packed the piece travels by air or by land accompanied by a person from the institution of origin, which is known as commissioner or mail.

Then, when the work arrives at the museum that will receive it, they are expected two days to acclimate before opening it When the box is opened, the curator, the curator of the museum and the museographers and the the opening is documented in photo and video.

Before the work arrives at the museum, it already has an exhibition design with which it is known exactly where it will be placed. Finally, the work it is displayed so we can contemplate it.

Did you imagine all these steps?