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Special Project: Moving an Oversize Painting

Artist: Herbert Brandl, Acrylic on canvas painting, Untitled, 1985

The assignment consisted of moving a very large painting to a new location. The problem was that the painting did not fit out the doors. A solution had to be found to move the painting with minimal risk. The time frame was only two weeks and that also included a full surface cleaning.

 

 
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1) A large painting (285 cm x 380 cm) required dismantling to be moved to a new location.


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2) Rolling the canvas was far too risky due to the high impasto.


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3) For protection, the central area of the painting was faced with Japanese paper.


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4) The canvas was released from the stretcher and draped over a custon-made support. It travelled by truck to the new building.


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5) The heavy stretcher also had to be dismantled to fit out the door.


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6) Assuring that the stretcher would properly fit the new wall space.


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7) The painting was restretched, the facing removed and hung in the new location. All nails and staples on the margins were overpainted.

No damages occurred throughout this entire moving procedure.


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