Our own Ferdinand Saumarez Smith wrote a piece for The Economist about his extraordinary experience visiting Ennedi in Chad and recording rock art. Read it here! Learn more about Factum Foundation´s collaboration with the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) in Nigeria and Chad.
Having returned from the Valley of the Kings in December 2016, Pedro Miró has begun post-processing the different datasets recorded of the tomb of Seti I. This process involves the production of a facsimile of a section of the tomb in alabaster. Read here a full report on work completed in 2016 in Egypt. Click here for more news.
On Monday 26th December, a team from Factum Arte and many guests took the finished, rematerialised version of a crucifix to Justo Gallego Martínez´s cathedral in Mejorada del Campo, Madrid. The original wooden cross was heavily damaged in a fire several years ago. Click here for more news
A powerful New Yorker article has been published about Factum Arte (here). Daniel Zalewski´s text gives an insight into the world of Factum and explains the processes developed to help contemporary artists realise their ideas and the Foundation's approach to the preservation of cultural heritage. To support the Foundation click here.
Factum Arte is in the process of routing the oak facsimile of the mosque doors at Kala-Koreysh (Daghestan). They are being routed at the highest possible resolution to fit the current frames and facilitate their reintegration into the mosque. Click here for more news.
On the 11-13th January, Guendalina Damone and Carlos Bayod 3D scanned a series of paintings by Bernardino Luini at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. This work is part of the ambitious Luini in Nuova Luce (Luini under a new light) project, which aims to facilitate the in-depth analysis of a selection of different works by the artist. Click here for more news.
Factum Foundation's collaboration with Strawberry Hill House is reaching critical mass. Over the past few days 33 drawings by George Vertue were recorded along with their frames at Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe. The room has recently been restored and copies of the drawings in their specially designed frames will be returned as soon as they have been re-created. Click here for more news.
The miniature version of the 900 year old Windsor Great Park oak tree, made by Factum Arte, was presented to Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in October to mark Her Majesty´s 90th birthday - and to launch a campaign to plant inner city woods in urban areas around the UK. Read more here.
FACTUM ARTE PROJECTS
Increasingly, artists and institutions require a new type of mediator to turn their ideas into physical realities. Based in Madrid and Milano, Factum Arte is dedicated to digital mediation, transformation and the production of works that redefine the relationship between two and three dimensions.
Factum Arte consists of a team of artists, conservators and technicians devoted to masterminding projects and solving problems, activities which have resulted in original solutions to highly specific challenges. The development and application of new technologies are accompanied by the highest levels of craftsmanship at every stage of the process. Factum Arte always works to the standards required by both the commercial and museum communities in which issues of conservation and archival permanence are of paramount importance.
The work carried out by Factum Arte is inherently original and diverse. It ranges from major conservation facsimiles to archival print editions, from the very big to the very small; in fact we will get involved with anything involving a sensitivity to (and practical understanding of) the transformation, mediation and manipulation of information.
One of the key elements of the exhibition Le Arti di Piranesi: architetto, incisore, antiquario, vedutista, designer (The Art of Piranesi: architect, engraver, antiquarian, vedutista, designer) is a 12 minute animation of Piranesi's Carceri series made by Gregoire Dupond at Factum Arte specifically for the exhibition. This series of 16 visionary images, originally etched by Piranesi when in his late 20's, shows the workings of his imagination, merging his architectural ambitions with his obsessive interest in antiquity. Watching Gregoire Dupond's animation is literally like entering Piranesi's mind. A CD containing both high resolution reproductions of the prints and the complete video is available in our Shop.
A selection of high resolution browsers allows viewing important historical works in amazing detail through an easy to use interface.
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