Museum hanging systems.
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Museum Hanging Systems
There are a
number of options for hanging artwork in museums, galleries or even in private
spaces. The first thing to consider is if the artwork will be changed on a
regular basis. If that is the case and if you do not want to repair and patch
the walls every time than you will want to consider a hanging system where you
can move the artwork up and down and left and right without having to attach it
directly to the walls. Art Display Essentials offers a hanging system by Absolute Museum and Gallery Products. This system has a number of track options. The first is a typical
H-track that mounts to the surface of wall and has an optional cover to make it
look like trim. The Flushmount track and T-track are a couple of options where
the track is built into the wall. This is usually done before the wall board is
installed. When installed, the track is flush with the wall and has a seamless
look integrating it nicely with the building. The final option is the C-track
that attaches to the ceiling. Each of these track options have three options
for how the art is hung. They are: steel cables, perlon cords, and steel rods. The steel rods will hold the most weight. The
perlon cords are clear and may be the least noticeable and the steel cables are
stronger than the perlon but less noticeable than the rods. These rods, cables,
and cords can be moved to the left and right in the track. There are hook
options that can move up and down the rods and cables. This gives options for
the artwork to be hung at any point on the wall.
hanging systems are unique and have been designed to deal with all sizes and
weights of artwork for a wide variety of installation needs. These are museum
grade systems created for their strength, security, and ease of use for the
world’s leading institutions to the smallest private galleries.
products are flexible, discrete, integrated (they will work with each other)
and will carry heavier loads than other hanging systems.
This system can be seen here: https://www.artdisplay.com/hanging-track-28.html
flexibility of moving the art around is not needed than there are options for a
more fixed approach. Absolute offers the Ryman
hanger which is their most popular solution for hanging artwork and is used
by an international body of galleries both large and small that includes The
Tate, Getty and MoMA.
designed to attach artwork tight to the wall with no visible hardware, they are
easy to install, allow for adjustment, and have a choice of three levels of
security. There are three sizes available that will handle artwork from the
smallest etchings and water colors right up to large flat backed works weighing
up to 280 lbs.
to fixing works discreetly to the wall, the Ryman can be used with any of
Absolute’s track systems mentioned above.
These can be
seen here: https://www.artdisplay.com/ryman-hangers.html
offers the Link Hanger for mounting
bigger works with old, large, or rebated frames.Thisis a very popular
solution for hanging larger works of art and has been designed to accommodate
both rebated and flat backed frames. The “link” provides an immensely strong
support between wall and frame and automatically bridges the gap that is so
often found on older heavy artwork with large frames.
Hanger has a “bronzed” finish that blends with the shadows behind the artwork
and incorporates measures to improve security allowing for adjustment during
These can be
seen here: https://www.artdisplay.com/link-hanger.html
customized wall mounts are required such as for articulated Japanese screens,
large mosaics, swords, fire arms, textiles, brackets and other specialized wall
mounts. 10-31 Inc. has been fabricating custom wall mounts for over 30 years.
For more information on custom mount options you can go to their web site here: