SINGAPORE – Shipping and forwarding outfit U-Freight Singapore has entered the specialised world of fine art using a new division based at its logistics hub. The company is to offer not only suitable storage but exhibition facilities for the showcasing of artwork by local artists. A large area of the company's modern logistics centre at Changi Airport has been converted into a highly secure, climate-controlled, storage area; plus a grand hall where artworks can be displayed.
U-Freight, which began life in the 1960’s as a local freight forwarding group, now operates in fifteen countries but its sinic origins enables the group to act as a licensed operator within the Peoples Republic. The new division has been dubbed ArtSafe and the intention is to expand the concept and organise a global team to handle art logistics with participation from companies throughout the U-Freight network.
The service will offer museum/gallery-standard specialised and custom-designed art packing and crating; insurance cover; temporary import and re-export customs clearance; as well as air-ride transportation where necessary with a main customer profile of international galleries with a presence in Singapore as well as local auction houses. TH Ong, managing director of U-Freight Singapore, said:
"Whether you are a collector, an impresario, an auctioneer, a gallery owner, a museum curator or an artist you should never lose sleep over freight deliveries. We appreciate the power and value of the arts and fully understand that nothing short of spotless handling and respectful treatment is the only appropriate treatment for works of art. Service is what makes the difference at ArtSafe. You can comfortably leave all the planning and coordination of your art storage and shipment to us."
Photo: This ‘Spider Bench’ has been installed at the restaurant La Villa at River Valley Road, Singapore designed by French/Argentinian artist Pablo Reinoso.