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Art logistics

Kunsttrans offers a customized service for your art transports. Our services range from safe packing and transportation to the fully climate controlled art depot (warehouse). In addition, we organize the logistical side of museum exhibitions and also provide support and services to galleries, private customers and large collections.

Our portfolio includes not only any kind of transportation, but also exhibition installations, storage areas, art handling, customs matters and other formalities.

Our headquarters for Austria is located in Vienna. We have subsidiaries in Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Romania, Kiev, Budapest and Slovakia.

Kunsttrans & Art Alliance

Today’s modern day Kunsttrans evolved from the once small transport company Bäuml & Söhne, founded during the k u k monarchy (the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary).

Our employees are constantly trained both in logistics and in dealing with the packaging of the most valuable works of art. Moreover they speak - besides German - English, French, Russian, Italian and Serbo-Croatian.

The equipment is continuously adjusted and updated to meet ever increasing quality demands and requirements. Our packaging techniques include everything ranging from simple transport crates to fire-resistant and shock-absorbing climate crates. We are always state-of the-art regarding both the development of materials as well as the soft skills of logistics itself.

In 2009, we teamed up with our partner Hasenkamp to launch Art Alliance. Thus a European central logistics center for art and exhibition transports was set up.

This organizational merger of two logistics departments enabled a cost-effective, economical and above all environmentally conscious transport fleet and resource management.

We exhaust all opportunities of modern art logistics for our customers. Our fleet consists of more than 80 special vehicles and we employ more than 200 art packers and drivers.


An essential part of our logistics services is the perfect packaging, an individual and customized packaging solution for each individual piece of art. Art itself is unique, so too are our solutions of packaging. We are continuously developing and improving solutions for packaging, constantly testing them and thereby we follow the latest technical possibilities.

In our own joinery we manufacture object-specific packaging systems. Our packers are specialists, and our special packaging solutions for special works of art are based on know-how and years of experience. Our packers have worked in our company for decades and are well familiar with their trade.

We pack according to the requirements of the artwork and the restorers. Our packaging systems range from packing blankets to simple transport packaging solutions with tissue paper or crates up to climate crates and art containers, and for very special objects Q + crates.

Especially when traveling, it is essential to guarantee greatest possible protection for each piece of art. We create an individual and customized packaging solution for each individual piece of art.

Only high-quality and scientifically tested materials are used. The usage of a special rental packing crate system not only reduces the use of natural resources, but simultaneously reduces your exhibition budget.

In addition to custom-made packaging solutions we offer - on a rental basis – the following standard packaging for transport:

Climate painting-crates, climate-slot crates, painting crates, slot crates, object crates, transport frames and cases, classic shipping-cardboard boxes and carry-on suitcases.

And here is a brief description of our packaging artwork.

Q + crate

The technically most sophisticated and unique solution for climate-sensitive, high-profile art. By using patented vacuum elements we are able not only to guarantee climatic parameters (climatic values) over several days, but also to ensure fire resistance for a given period.

Who can expose a crate to open fire without causing even the slightest damage to the inside? We can. The unique system is technically advanced and has been tested by the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. Complemented by patented shock absorber elements and adjusted to the weight of the object, an additional, mechanical safety measure is possible.

Climate crate

Likewise made of wood and equipped with a specially designed interior, this is the standard solution for climate-sensitive art objects. Due to the use of advanced materials, the maintenance of climatic conditions can be guaranteed for a given period of time.

The aim is to protect the object from sudden, unexpected climate changes. Changes, such as can occur during air cargo shipments, loading in adverse weather conditions or more aggravated climate developments. This crate ensures that both mechanical as well as climatically harmful influences from the outside are averted. Complemented by patented shock absorber elements, adapted to the weight of the object, an additional, mechanical safety is possible. Suitable for all shipments by truck and airplane.

Art container

A cheap, flexible and mobile solution for transportation of works of art.

It can be used for shipment of entire exhibitions as well as relocations or temporary storage of art collections.

Kunsttrans - customized packaging solutions

Our own technical department ensures un-dreamt of possibilities of packaging solutions. As unique as art itself is, so too are the solutions of our specialist department.

The options and our portfolio of services range from small objects to large installations of entire houses, from wood to steel, from overseas shipments to shipments by truck.

Transport crates

Our crates are made of wood, cardboard or a combination of both materials - a packaging solution that offers a simple, but extremely effective protection for transport of art objects. Specially designed for galleries, private clients and auction houses, this is both an economic and cost-effective option.

However, stabilization of climatic conditions is only possible to a certain extent, because the main purpose is the protection against physical impacts. Suitable for all transports with trucks and depending on the artwork - also for air freight.

Lightweight packaging

The first protection of the artwork. In most cases bubble wrap or Tyvek is used as internal protection. Combined with cardboard in standard and hard design, it provides optimal external protection.

Individual and adaptable on site, it is probably the simplest and most economical type of packaging for art and exhibition objects. Suitable for all transports by truck.

Packing blankets

The classic packaging of removal companies. A blanket made of durable hard-wearing material, which is still used for simplest objects. It is traditional, individual and never goes out of fashion.

For unpretentious works of art, mainly objects, furniture and installation parts on short and medium transport routes.


The range of works of art and their insurance is as diverse as art itself and the people who love art. Our extensive network within the art world and our experienced support team take all this into consideration - individually and proactive.

Our cooperation with specialized art insurance brokers provides you with insurance coverage for any kind of art - at special and advantageous terms and conditions.

The experience of both the world's leading specialised insurance company concerning art and collectors' items and the Vie:artport offer unique terms and conditions of risk coverage. Whether for private collectors, corporations, museums, commercial galleries or auction houses, B & P provides coverage of any kind.

We assure that every work of art is optimally insured upon request! Therefore, we exclusively work together with selected and professionally competent insurance companies that are familiar with our high safety standards with regard to packaging, transport and storage.

Our insurance partners honour our commitment with particularly attractive terms and conditions, which we will gladly pass on to you – including maximum obligingness and quick, unbureaucratic handling of all insurance issues.