Masterpiece London

The Assignment

Masterpiece London, the summer’s leading international cross-collecting fair for art, antiques and design, took place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 24 June - 1 July and for the sixth year in succession Neptunus was called on to provide the infrastructure. The fair sits at the heart of the capital’s busy summer art and auction season. Last year, the art market generated over 100 million pounds worth of art sales during the week of Masterpiece, a fair which offers for sale museum-quality works with superb provenance from over 150 galleries worldwide.

Drawing collectors and museum curators from around the world, Masterpiece has established itself as an important annual meeting place. The success of the fair can, in part, be attributed to the groundswell of interest and purchases from world-renowned institutions.

The Solution

Due to strict planning restrictions, Neptunus had just two weeks to deliver 55 truckloads of its equipment to the historic grounds and build the exhibition space to accommodate the finest museum-quality works from over 150 international galleries.

Working closely with site management to protect the grounds, Neptunus linked two of its clear span Evolution structures to form a massive exhibition hall measuring 85m x 135m. These structures were further linked to a 10m x 85m Evolution II to create a grand entrance for the event that returned to London for its sixth year.

The Neptunus Evolution structure is an ideal solution for the event as it possesses the desirable features normally associated with a permanent building. Equipped with a raised floor system, insulated rigid wall panels and integrated rainwater guttering system, the Evolution feels solid and well built.

The Challenge

Masterpiece is set in the historic grounds of the Royal Hospital demanding meticulous planning and close collaboration with the site management team to ensure the site was protected throughout the installation.

Visitors arriving at the main entrance off of the Embankment could have been excused for thinking the gallery was in a permanent building. Stabilo International, who were responsible for the magnificent fit-out and interior design, cleverly wrapped the front of Neptunus’ Evolution II structure in a fabric replica of the Royal Chelsea Hospital – home of the legendary Chelsea Pensioners.


The Verdict

‘The vision at Masterpiece has always been to create an environment which is enjoyable for our visitors and exhibitors, and which also creates an unparalleled experience for international collectors. Creating a temporary structure in which to house priceless works of art is no small undertaking and Neptunus are an important part of the logistical team that deliver Masterpiece and it's a pleasure to work with them', Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece London.

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