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Handle with care: The Art of Fine Art Transportation

Handle with care: The Art of Fine Art Transportation

Orphee Beinoglou, prominent member of the Streem Global Cluster, has over 30 years of experience in moving artwork around the world.
The company is, hands down, the largest and most specialized Art Logistics Service Company in the handling and storage of Fine Arts in Greece.

Orphee Beinoglou, prominent member of the Streem Global Cluster, has over 30 years of experience in moving artwork around the world.
The company is, hands down, the largest and most specialized Art Logistics Service Company in the handling and storage of Fine Arts in Greece.

23 January 2024
Streem Global - Orphee Beinoglou

But how do they do it?
What is it that makes them the best in what they do?
Could it be because fine art transportation is an art in its own right?
Let’s hear it, in their own words:

They’re special. They’re delicate. They’re beautiful. They’re classy.
They’re love at first sight.
They turn heads wherever they go.
You’ll find them in galleries, museums, exhibitions.
But very few know what it gets to get there.
Literally.
Getting works of art to the places where people will flock to marvel at them is an art in its own right.
Be it paintings, sculptures or other precious artifacts, fine art transportation requires experience, knowledge, precision, determination, all the right means and all the tested methods that always work.

It starts with the packing.
It’s like picking up the dress for these beauties, for a night at the museum.
Only, they won’t just dress to impress – they do so, no matter what.
We dress them with custom-built crates. There they’ll nest, in foam or bubble wrap, protected from humidity, temperature changes and any physical shocks, though we make sure the latter will never occur.
Then there’s the ride.
Fine art speaks to the senses and works of art are sensitive themselves.
You wouldn’t take them out with a glossy car. They don’t need that.
What they need and what we use, are specialized transport vehicles that are equipped with air-ride suspension systems, designed to minimize vibrations, as well as climate control setups which maintain stable conditions during transit. Not flashy, but it’s exactly what they need.
Safety first.
Fine art is priceless. We apply a range of sophisticated measures to make sure that artwork will always arrive safe and sound at its destination. These measures include (but are not limited to) GPS tracking, live monitoring and security personnel.
But before starting the engine, one last check.
Insurance check. Yes, we insure all artwork with specialized art insurance. We have designed it to protect fine art against potential damage or loss during transportation.
Documentation check. We do it to the last detail. Plus, our condition reports are as analytical as it gets, including the documentation of the current state of each artwork, ensuring any changes during transit will be identified.
Customs? Clear! When transporting fine art internationally, compliance with import and export regulations is crucial. When it comes to obtaining the necessary permits and adhering to customs requirements, we are early birds.
So, we’re good to go.
A smooth ride, with finesse until its finish.
Upon arrival, we often undertake the difficult, yet somehow honorary task of installing the works of art at the destination. Our personnel’s training on fine art transportation includes everything, from the first step to the final display. 

Not to blow our trumpet, but when it comes to fine art transportation, we are chosen by the finest.

Our latest assignments attest to that:

“Chaeronea, 2 August 338 BC: A Day that Changed the World”

For the archaeological exhibition “Chaeronea, 2 August 338 BC: A Day that Changed the World”, we packed 65 exhibits from 31 museums in Greece and abroad in special boxes and transported the precious antiquities to the Museum of Cycladic Art, where we carefully unpacked them and put them on display.

 “The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great”

This travelling exhibition took us to Hunan, China.
We collected 271 antiquities from 12 museums from all over Greece, we packed and encased them in special wooden boxes and transported them all to Athens.
There, they were divided into two shipments. The 1st departed directly from the Athens International Airport and the 2nd was first transported by road to Germany and then flown by air to Beijing with a special freighter aircraft.
From there, these priceless works of art traveled to the Hunan Museum, where they will remain before they visit a total of 4 other museums across China. We’ll be there to take them back home.

“NoHMATA ‘Meanings’: Personifications and Allegories from Antiquity to Today”

We collected, packed and carried 161 masterpieces from 20 museums and collections from Greece and Europe to the Acropolis Museum. There we unpacked them and helped display them.

We are the best in fine art transportation not just because we know and apply the best ways to do it. We love art. We respect art. We find art in the details of everything we do.
And, sometimes, some tasks require us to make art out of what we do, in order to tackle challenges and exceed expectations; just like we always do.
Just like fine art does. Always.