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Artworks to Singapore - any isues with dampness?

Post by katd » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 10:44 am

We are about to move to Singapore and are wondering whether to bring original artworks on paper (behind glass) with us. Expats already in Singapore have mentioned that mould has grown on painting they have - due to not having the air conditioning on all day. I understand that electricity costs are quite high.

What are the experiences of others? Thanks

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Post by tjbm » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 12:35 pm

on advice from a gallery back home we left our art behind. The stuff on canvas would probably be ok but the stuff behind glass wouldnt. We did take some when we moved to Samoa (before being here) and it grew little white mouldy bits under the glass and imbedded in the paper the works were on. Air conditioning might have prevented the problem (we didnt have any in the islands) but it still has to get from one destination to the other usually in a crate on a boat.

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Post by Superglide » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 12:38 pm

No problems whatsoever with canvas or other art on the walls after all these years.

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Post by sprite » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 1:02 pm

There are two things to think about katd. Depending on the materials used when framing your glass/paper items -- mould can be a problem. Textiles, fabric, leather can mould quicker than straight forward matting. This can happen even if you do run the air-conditioning for a few hours everday (all day is a waste of resources I think and very expensive). Things generally do better in a highrise then they do in a house.

Also, since many a/c units here are the 'split' type and wall mounted, there is usually a wall for artwork under the unit -- which is prone to leaking. So it's kind of damned if you do, damned if you don't scenario.

Straight forward canvas without glass is the safest bet. If you are moving here on a temporary asignment, I would consider leaving your most precious works at home, as long as they are well taken care there and if finances allow -- consider some of the wonderful artwork SE Asia has to offer. A win-win scenario :)

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Re: Artworks to Singapore - any isues with dampness?

Post by huggybear » Tue, 11 Sep 2007 9:42 am

katd wrote:We are about to move to Singapore and are wondering whether to bring original artworks on paper (behind glass) with us. Expats already in Singapore have mentioned that mould has grown on painting they have - due to not having the air conditioning on all day. I understand that electricity costs are quite high.

What are the experiences of others? Thanks
just hire some kids to make some finger paints and random scribbles. then tell everyone it's an original "insert made up artist name here." no one will ever know and this seems to pass for modern art now a days.

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