One of the (many!) perks of being an art handler is the unique privilege of getting up close and personal with works of art that are usually kept at considerable distance from their viewers. This experience never gets old, and even our most seasoned art handlers are still regularly starstruck when handling one of the world’s most known and recognized art pieces, as illustrated here by HIZKIA The Hague’s Alex and Patrick!
Seeing art from this perspective is unique to the work that happens behind the scenes at any museum or gallery. The lack of distance makes artists human: their handwriting on the back of a canvas, their fingerprint in the varnish of a painting, visible remnants of a sculptor’s tools in a material’s surface- physical evidence that every artwork, no matter how iconic it may be, once began as raw material or a blank canvas.