The Art of Installation

How many art handlers does it take to install a Jackson Pollock painting?  The answer can be found on Wrapit-Tapeit-Walkit-Placeit, a behind the scenes look at art installation and the complex processes involved.

From building Carsten Höller’s Experience, to installing a large-scale Matisse and moving the Mona Lisa, this is a fascinating insight into how art exhibitions are brought to life.

Kindskopf (Head of a Child) at the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg – 1997

Installing Robert Therrien’s folding chairs, at the Walker Art Centre

Installing Richard Serra at MoMA

Henry Moore at Tate Britain, 2010

The Mona Lisa being transported back to the Louvre after the end of WWII in 1945

Cai Guo Qiang’s “Head On” being installed at the Guggenheim

The 70,000 pound house called the “Fallen Star” was installed as a part of the world renowned Stuart Art Collection at UCSD. The art piece created by artist Do Ho Suh looks like a house that crashed into the engineering building on campus.

Preparing a Jackson Pollock to be shipped

Michael Heizer’s creation ‘Levitated Mass’. A worker walks along the giant steel beam built to support a 340-ton rock as he and other workers prepare to transport the rock from Riverside County to the LA County Museum of Art at Stone Valley Materials in Riverside, Calif.

Matisse’s large-scale ceramic ‘La Gerbe’

Ad Reinhardt

Deinstalling “Carsten Höller: Experience”

Frank Stella installing at Haunch of Venison, 2011

A model of the installation that was reworked for weeks to achieve the right appearance of what Nancy Spector, the chief curator of the Guggenheim Museum, called “an overall sense of randomness.”

‘Schokko mit Tellerhut’ – Alexej von Jawlensky, at Sotheby’s, London

Images and captions via Wrapit-Tapeit-Walkit-Placeit.


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