How Is It Hanging?

SmithsonianHow is it hanging? Quite well with a hanging system that solved the needs of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Ten years after reopening from a major five- year renovation project the Museum found several galleries were still in need of a solution for hanging art.

During the initial renovation which began in 2000 the museum contacted Arakawa Hanging Systems to collaborate on a hanging system design to meet their unique needs. The museum needed a hanging system that would first be extremely versatile, could support heavy works of art, and be elegant if not invisible. They succeeded in working together to create the VH4 rail hanging system. The VH4 rail hanging system has now become the preeminent hanging system used in many of the museums in Washington DC and beyond. The VH4 rail system is the standard for art hanging in institutions like The National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and hundreds of other fine institutions.

In 2015, the Museum contacted Arakawa again to develop a discreet yet versatile hanging system to support heavier weight capacities. The Museum found they had several galleries that did not have a rail hanging system installed during the initial renovation. The MH3 rail system was introduced as the hanging solution. This system met the weight requirements needed by the Museum but was also a surface mounted system on finished walls. The MH3 rail is also discreet with its low profile extrusion and rail cover that is paintable.

Arakawa is proud of its leadership in providing quality hanging solutions for the museum industry. Now with eight different rail hanging systems to choose from and over 300 grippers and accessories to choose from as well, Arakawa has proven to be the industry leader for cable- based hanging systems.