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Intro
An insight into the hidden world of art depots

Where are artworks actually stored?

Art lovers keep admiring artworks in museums or galleries, probably without ever wondering, where such artworks might be actually stored whenever they are not prominently exhibited on the walls of a museum or an art fair. Generally, art depots remain hidden places for the wide public  a fact that maybe constitutes the exceptional charm and mystery of such facilities. Only a very small percentage of a collection’s inventory is displayed in exhibitions, remaining for a limted period of time outside of its official storage location. It is widely known that the broad majority of famous artworks all over the world slumbers in vast, hidden away art depots.
But nevertheless, an
 adequate storage and protection of artworks requires no less logistical skills and know-how than the planning of an art show.

bromer kunst's art depot, where their private collection and works on commission are stored

Art depot with artworks from bromer art collection

View into bromer kunst's art depot

A look behind the scenes

A look behind the scenes gives an insight into the thoroughly organized system of an art depot. When taking into account international conservation standards, the careful preservation of artworks requires high requirements. To ensure a long-term preservation of cultural heritage for future generations, a careful supervision must be carried out with regular frequency: light and climate conditions must be constantly checked in order to assure and maintain a climatic stability of 20-22 °C and 50-55% humidity. Already 60% of air humidity can facilitate serious mold growth, which may cause irreversible damage to the artworks. Furthermore, climate fluctuations can cause many damages depending on the artwork’s materiality.  

 

bromer kunst's video surveillance system

Security standards

Moreover, a further issue to take under consideration is the artwork’s security. The facilities, in which the bromer art collection is stored, is under permanent video surveillance. In addition, latest construction standards provide protection against burglary, fire and water damages. 

A digital inventory system is crucial in order to manage the broad collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographies. Working with a database is absolutely indispensable to keep track of the artwork’s specific location.

The photographic studio at bromer kunst

Usually, art depots are also equipped with a photographic studio, so that artworks and their conservational condition can be professionally depicted. Workshop spaces, which allow to build specific crates and packaging for different kind and sizes of artworks are also commonly found in art depots.

 
In summer 2018, bromer kunst’s entire art depot has been reorganized and optimized due to internal restructurings. Now, our art depot shines in new splendour for upcoming years of commitment and passion for art and collecting. Thus, our hidden art depot continues to exist as a dynamic place full of movement and research activities, and as a showroom for curators and collectors.