Queen’s recently had the pleasure of working with Cardi Gallery, for the de-installation of their Tirelli exhibition, along with works from their private view.
For many, the de-installation of an exhibition has the potential to be a stressful time. With numerous works being removed, packed, and either sent to storage or to clients, there is often a lot for the gallery to coordinate in a very short space of time.
For this reason, our coordinators and lead technicians will usually carry out a comprehensive site survey, working closely with our client to assess the transport, packing, access requirements and carry out any necessary risk assessments ahead of the de-installation. On this occasion, the team at Queen’s had previously installed the exhibition and were already very familiar with the space at Cardi Gallery and its requirements.
On the day of the installation, our team of technicians de-installed and pack the 161 paintings, including a beautiful Mimmo Rotella overpainting on a metal sheet, before de-installing several sculptures of varying sizes, ranging from just 23 x 14 x 14 cm to a much larger 240cm in diameter round wood and mirrored sculpture, weighing 110kg.
As is commonplace with many of our clients that are based in premises around Mayfair, access requirements in these buildings often present challenges that newer, purpose-built, premises are able to avoid.
Cardi Gallery, for example, is situated in one of the oldest townhouses in Mayfair with small ornate doorways and narrow stairways in certain parts of the gallery that, perhaps, historically had not formed part of the main house. Our team of technicians had to meticulously plan the safest way to navigate these unique access requirements. One particularly large work situated on the basement level, for example, was unable to fit through the existing doorways however our technicians were able to identify alternative access through the lightwell of the property, securely lifting the work through the lightwell to complete the de-installation.
After packing and crating the various works, the team transported all 161 works to our secure bonded storage facility, where our storage team logged the works, added them to our client’s inventory and placed in storage.
Of course, each exhibition de-installation presents unique challenges but the team at Queen’s remains on hand to advise and complete all exhibition de-installation requirements across the UK.
If you require assistance with an exhibition de-install, then your Queen’s contact remains at your disposal. Alternatively, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch.