Best Places to Store your Fine Art

Posted by on Sep 7 | 2015

When you’ve invested in artwork you love, you should be willing to put in a little extra effort to keep your fine art in the best possible condition. Proper storage of your art pieces is particularly important when preparing for a stay abroad, so you have peace of mind knowing that the items you hold closest to your heart are being looked after in the best way possible.  

Storing Fine Art

There are many advantages of an international move, whether they be for personal or professional reasons. For starters, you leave behind your country’s culture, language, and way of life, and get immersed in completely new experiences that give you opportunities for learning and personal growth. It increases your intercultural competence and language ability. Secondly, it gives you a broader perspective on your field of profession, both culturally and academically.

As you leave your culture behind for a temporary move abroad, it’s likely that you’ll also leave your art pieces behind. The best place to store fine art is in a temperature and humidity controlled warehouse.

Important aspects of art storage in a climate controlled space include:

•    Proper temperature and humidity:
The optimum temperature for storing fine art is in the range of 18 to 20 degrees Celsius, while the humidity should be between 47 and 55 percent. But even under these conditions, your fine art should be kept away from any air flow coming into the room from outside via vents, windows, or doors.

•    Protection from sunlight:
UV radiation from sunlight can cause serious damage to your artwork when left exposed. Climate controlled storage offers protection from the elements, as well as direct sunlight that can cause lasting damage.

•    Proper packaging:
Unframed art pieces on paper should be wrapped in plastic sleeves with acid-free cardboard to ensure the paper does not bend with time. For framed pieces, start by wrapping them in brown paper, and then again in bubble wrap. Place frame corners on all four corners, and place the wrapped piece in a solid box.

Lastly, it is tempting to store your art, furniture, and other items in your basement or attic, but this is not recommended. The problem with these spaces is that they are prone to extreme temperature changes: they get extremely hot and stuffy in summer, and extremely cold in winter. This environment is ideal for insects and rodents, as well as mould, which can cause extreme damage your art.

Fine art is both a personally and financially valuable item that can be awkward to transport and store. To avoid accidental damage and maximize on the opportunities of a stay abroad (like making new contacts on an international level and enhancing your employability and work ethic), minimize the risk of any negative events by considering using Armstrong fine art services for storing your pieces. You can’t control everything, but you can make sure your art stays in pristine condition.

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