A spectacular feat: transporting a Schnabel to Venice
Special, low-floor art transport trailers equipped with climate control and air suspension systems are a rare commodity: there are just three in the whole of Europe. They allow huge works of art (up to 335 cm high) to be transported vertically. And that was just what was needed in the case of American artist Julian Schnabel’s 1981 painting, The Unexpected Death of Blinky Palermo in the Tropics. In its 446 x 29 x 319 cm crate, it just fitted into the trailer. Recognizing the importance of the event for Julian Schnabel and Museo Correr, the Stedelijk Museum had gone to every length to cooperate on the artist’s Venice retrospective, Julian Schnabel. Permanently Becoming and the Architecture of Seeing (4 June – 27 November 2011).