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Dutch paintings fly to Moscow exhibition

AirBridgeCargo Airlines moved 34 paintings by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian onboard two flights from Amsterdam to Moscow.

The paintings, which were worth more than 130 million euros (US$175 million), were carried on ABC’s B747-8F and B747-400ERF aircraft to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport for an exhibition at the city’s Tretyakov Gallery, which continues until Nov. 24.

Mondrian, a Dutch painter and arts theorist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is considered to be one of the founders of abstract art.

“Transportation of unique, high value artworks requires great precision,” Alexander Roschupkin, commercial director of ABC, said. “This demanding task requires the highest level of professionalism and teamwork at each stage of the delivery process to protect the cultural property. Through our work in this specialist field, ABC has earned a reputation for its transportation services and gained the confidence of customers that we can guarantee safe and reliable carriage of their precious shipments.”

Over the last two years, ABC has carried 175 shipments of artworks, including exhibits for such museums and galleries as the National Pushkin Museum, Nacional del Prado, the Louvre, Sotheby’s, McDougall Fine Arts and Hanson Gallery Fine Arts.