Uffizi Treasure Paintings to Wuhan Handled by BALtrans
After more than 18 hours of “monitored” travel from Shanghai, some 82 selected pieces from the Uffizi collections dated back to the Renaissance, were successfully on show at the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province. The Exhibition named as Treasure Paintings Exhibition of Uffizi Gallery, was opened to public on June 18 to September 12, 2010 in Wuhan.
“The special packing of the art pieces started on June 10 midnight. For the dedicated nature of the paintings, the process took more than 2.5 hours, while the travelling from Shanghai to Wuhan took 18 hours non-stop”, introduced Mr. Johnson Li, General Manager of BALtrans International Special Freight Ltd. which was the logistic service provider of the project. Crates with anti-shock layers were custom-made to fit each and every unique art piece. The monitored vehicles were pneumatically equipped and temperature-controlled, giving the best protection against possible turbulences during travelling. Vehicle speed was restrictively controlled to be under 80km/h.
The team arrived at Wuhan at 5pm on June 11. Traditional Chinese carrying pole was chosen to move the wooden boxes one by one up the long staircases to the exhibition hall. The heaviest box weighted 100kg. Till 8pm, the transition to the exhibition hall was finally completed. Boxes were moved to the assigned position against which the painting to be hung, followed by unpacking, positioning and hanging. While every step was carefully planned to maximize the protection to the 82 paintings, their positioning was successfully completed on June 17.
Treasure Paintings Exhibition of Uffizi Gallery featured 82 selected pieces from the Uffizi collections dated back to the Renaissance, which could be divided into three sections including Landscapes, Still-life, and Portraits. Among them included masterpieces like the "Adorazione dei Magi" of Alessandro Filipepi, and the "Venus and Cupid with a Partridge" of Titian. The Exhibition, the biggest of Uffizi event outside Italy, was touring five major cities in China, namely Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenyang, Changsha, and Beijing.