Art transporters in Venice: the invisible craft

Biennale Architettura 2021: FERCAM Fine Art took care of local transport, customs procedures and the fulfilment of Fine Arts practices, as well as the collection and storage of packaging and assistance in the preparation phases, for all works from abroad.
Art transporters in Venice: the invisible craft
The 17th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice was inaugurated on May 22 at the three locations in Arsenale, Giardini and Forte Marghera, and will remain open to the public until 21 November. FERCAM’s activities were handled in coordination with the Biennale offices and in Temporary Association with Coop Scalo Fluviale - Venezia,

"It was a race against time, especially in the last days before the opening which were very challenging", comments Francesca Bortoluzzi, Fine Art Specialist at FERCAM Venice. The lockdown period had forced many architects and artists to suspend their activities, thus reducing the time available for the preparation of installations for the exhibition and thus causing the postponement of some activities.
Once in Venice, the artworks were transported by boat along the canals of the lagoon, to reach the exhibition locations. "In addition to technical skills and a strong organizational and coordination ability, for this type of activity, it is essential to have specialized expertise and specific equipment for handling. This is in fact the phase that required the greatest attention towards planning and design, since we were managing architectural installations that are often oversized, heavy and also extremely delicate", explains Bortoluzzi.

"I found this edition of the exhibition truly beautiful; I was struck especially by the sensitivity to environmental issues. And I cannot fail to observe that we have formed a team made up entirely of women, with whom there has been wonderful collaboration. If I think about how our industry looked just a few decades ago, this is a change that makes me really happy to witness. What can I say, perhaps it is true that the art of organization and attention to detail are more feminine qualities!", comments our Fine Art Specialist with a smile.

In between the activities related to the staging of the Biennale, the Fine Art team of Venice also had an opportunity to deal with classical artworks of the highest value, on behalf of the Civic Museum of Bassano del Grappa. At the end of May the exhibition "Palladio, Bassano and the Bridge" was inaugurated, to celebrate the conclusion of the long restoration of the Ponte Vecchio, also known as Ponte degli Alpini.

Currently busy with the latest installations scheduled for the month of June, the FERCAM team will also take care of the return services of the International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale, in November. "The complexities that await us in autumn will be the high water and the few hours of natural light, but we know our lagoon well so we will certainly not be discouraged!", concludes Francesca Bortoluzzi.