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A passion for art

Katoen Natie Art is specialised in storage, guardianship and handling of art collections and heritage. By developing state-of-the-art warehouses with different types of storage and environmental conditions, we can even store your most demanding collection. Paintings, statues, large installations, antiques … we will examine together with you the best way possible to safeguard what’s most precious to you.

Services available include among others the following:

Storage

Katoen Natie Art offers short and long-term storage for both individual artworks and entire collections. Storage areas with different climate conditions are available to ensure each object can be stored according to its specific needs. The constructional characteristics of the building guarantee optimal conditions to control the climate within: airtight and heavily insulated. Be it strict climatization (better than AA-climate), semi-climatization (A1-climate) or an insulated storage space where the climate gradually evolves with the seasonality, all options are available.

Our storage is secured in compliance with the highest standards, resulting in INCERT3 certification. You can sleep soundly knowing your precious collection is in safe hands at Katoen Natie Art.

You can opt for a separate storage unit or a shared storage space. In a large shared space your artworks are stored together with those of other clients. If you prefer a private storage, Katoen Natie Art can offer separate, locked vault. Objects can be placed in open spaces or on racks adapted to the collection. We also offer a special type of racking, specifically designed to store paintings. Each rack (44m²) can be opened and locked separately.

Together, we investigate the specific needs of your collection to come up with a tailor-made solution. Upon arrival items can be placed under quarantine if needed. They are examined by an expert and a condition report can be made. When it’s clear objects pose no threat to other collections, they can be placed in the storage.

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Digitising & Inventorying

We can inventorise stored artworks by digitising and coding them into our custom-made Warehouse Management System (WMS). This results in 100% traceability of every art object in the depot. The system also makes it possible to call up our customers’ artwork items quickly and easily. Items can be measured and inventoried in detail, combined with high-resolution photographs.

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Forwarding & Customs clearance

The depot is comparable to a freeport. It is a zone where storage can be done free of import duties. The more specifical term is a bonded warehouse. We can guarantee postponed VAT and tax payments when we store your collection in transit in our depot. The art works can remain in the depot and in transit until the owner decides what to do.
Katoen Natie Art employs specialized personnel for forwarding and shipping of art objects, which includes taking care of all customs formalities.

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Art Handling

Before any art handling, we execute a detailed analysis of the object to identify the specific needs. Each art object has its own characteristics, and we always strive to find the most optimal solution for your collection. All the services we offer are carried out by highly trained, specialist personnel with a passion for art.

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Transport preparation

At Katoen Natie Art we are convinced that an artwork needs the best protection. Very often an artwork represents great values. Not only financial, but also emotional. If the owner wishes, we can build custom made transport art crates and travel frames. We can also provide other, lighter packaging if this minimizes the chance on damage.

Our team makes sure the right materials are used to maximize the safety and integrity of the artwork. The packaging will protect your work from any danger during a transport.

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Professional transport

We provide secure art transport including loading, unloading and all other operations. Our team of specialists assures this transport happens under optimal conditions of temperature, humidity, safe stacking, etc.

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Quarantine & Condition reporting

Since the depots are built especially to store artwork and heritage, we have also foreseen a quarantine zone. Upon arrival, any artwork can be checked for contamination or damages. This ensures the safety of the object but also that of other collections in the depot. Any possible risks or existing damages can be reported back to you through a condition report. We have a restaurateur in our team who can provide advice and, if necessary, take further steps.

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Disinfection

Our depots are constantly monitored for infections, pests, insects, and so on. If a contamination of an artwork is determined upon arrival or during its stay, we can have the object disinfected. Depending on the nature of the infection, different disinfection methods can be offered.

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