The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art acquired Thomas Eakins, The Gross Clinic in 2007 to keep the painting in Philadelphia. The institutions enjoy joint ownership and the work is now installed at PAFA. Atelier Art Services has enjoyed deinstalling, transporting and reinstalling this historic work at both locations.
We are pleased to have been behind the scenes working with the Dietrich estate to collect, pack, and disperse these treasures. Definitely a project to remember!
"These are great benefactions, an amazing legacy here at the museum, and one that will continue to influence our work," Rub said of the Dietrich gift. "They're really transformational because we couldn't go out and get additional Agnes Martins or the Gustons or the Twomblys, certainly. The Hopper, of course, would have always been beyond our reach to acquire by purchase. So these are things that really deepen and strengthen our collection in really significant ways." - Philly.com
August 24, 2015
PAFA's blog post, PAFA's Laocoӧn on Loan, discusses our role in disassembling, packaging, and transporting Laocoӧn and His Sons from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Although the cast shows Laocoӧn and his sons writhing in a struggle to disentangle themselves from the serpent, the Atelier crew had no trouble extricating each piece as they took apart the cast. Workers carefully wrapped and labeled each piece, preparing the Laocoӧn to be shipped to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where it will be featured in the upcoming exhibition The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titan, opened on September 12. - ZP Heller
The Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition is open through December 6th.
Watch a time-lapse video of the move.