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Portraits and Films
Portraits and Films

Many artists at different times in their career pass through Factum's studios.

A new series of artists portraits has been started that will result in images and video documents. The photographs are being taken by Otto Lowe and Oak Taylor-Smith while the videos are being prepared by Factum's filmmaker and photographer Oscar Parasiego.

Videos about Marina Abramovic and Boris Savelev are in the works and short documents on Ahmed Mater and Richard Learoyd have been completed. These are intended as records about what inspires creativity.

Paula Crown installation at Studio Cannaregio in Venice
Paula Crown installation at Studio Cannaregio in Venice

Rafa Rachewsky has just returned from installing Paula Crown´s new site specific intervention at Studio Cannaregio in Venice, part of her exhibition "The Architecture of Memory" at the 16th Biennale di Architettura.

The installation consists of several panels of laminated glass prepared with dichroic film and assembled at different angles in front of the window in the gallery. The light and atmosphere in the room, creates a series of reflections and unexpected colour shadows that change as the visitors walks around the space. A new diptych from the "Kinematics" series, printed on gelatine coated stainless steel at Factum Arte, can also be seen in the exhibition.

Masterpiece London
Masterpiece London

Factum Arte is pleased to participate in the upcoming Masterpiece Art Fair (London, June 27-July 4) with two projects: a curated booth at the general fair and an installation by Marina Abramovic for "Masterpiece Presents" at the entrance to the fair.

The stand (A20) will be showing works by Marina Abramovic, Paula Crown, Shezad Dawood, Bernd Nicolaisen, Rachid Koraichi, Mat Chivers, El Anatsui, Ahmed Mater, Hrair Sarkissian, Boris Savelev, Grayson Perry and others.

Masterpiece Presents will introduce the first body of work made by Marina Abramovic at Factum Arte´s studios in Madrid, Five Stages of Maya Dance. The complete series of works will be displayed as they were intended in a site-specific space, designed by Skene Catling de la Peña. Abramovic has been working with Factum Arte and the Lisson Gallery for several years and spent several months with our team earlier in 2018.

‘Unconformities’ at Acropolis Museum
‘Unconformities’ at Acropolis Museum

Hadjithomas and Joreige has been invited to Athens for the third time as part of the Onassis Fast Forward Festival 5 - Athens (FFF5). The mixed-media exhibition focuses on Athens, Beirut and Paris - three cities that "haunt" the two artists - and takes visitors on a journey through the substrata of the three cities, displayed in "borehole cores" of the kind collected by geologists, archaeologists and historians as they search for clues about our past.

This exhibition is produced jointly with the Onassis Cultural Centre.

Photo Paris Tavitian, at the Acropolis Museum

The Voices of the Amazon
The Voices of the Amazon

A radio programme that explores the culture of the Kuikuro people and is presented by one of Factum's long-term collaborators, Jerry Brotton, is now available on the BBC World service. The programme was recorded alongside Factum Foundation's work with People's Palace Projects and Takuma Kuikuro in Xingu last May.

Lost Paintings
Lost Paintings

Factum Arte has reconstructed a series of lost masterpieces, including Monet’s Water Lilies, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Vermeer's The Concert and a portrait of Winston Churchill by Graham Sutherland, which his wife, Clementine, destroyed. The recreation of this lost art was made using cutting-edge technology. Factum Arte uses 3D scanners originally developed for medical purposes to record the surface of a painting or an object down to the finest brush-mark or crack.

The re-created masterpieces will be featured in a series, Mystery of the Lost Paintings, on Sky Arts from May 2nd: The stories of how such colossal masterpieces were lost, stolen or destroyed and the process of bringing them back to life reveals much about the artists’ craft.

Divina Paolina
Divina Paolina

Thanks to the Canova Foundation in collaboration with the Venice International Foundation, the Friends of Venice and the Municipality of Possagno, the sculpture of Paolina Borghese by Antonio Canova comes back home. But there is more, an unusual Paolina glass, realized in 2015 with the lost wax technique, by Gilberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga and by Factum Arte, together with the Paolina Borghese's plaster model was the first reconstructed work with the 3D system and reverse engineering, and today, more than ten years after that major restoration, it is being redisplayed for the general public.

This new version of the sandblasted glass-crystal masterpiece, which does not want to be a copy, but an "interpretation" entrusted to materials in line with our time, incredibly enhances the forms of Princess Borghese, immersing it in an extremely contemporary context.

New Training Manuals
New Training Manuals

Factum Arte has produced a bilingual edition of the Lucida Scanner, a Training Manual. This is the second manual published by the 3D Recording Department in Arabic. Aliaa Ismail with help of Abdo Ghaba and Mahmoud Salem prepared the volume A Quick Guide to Recording Systems to train technicians in Egypt. In a few weeks, a new guide dedicated to photogrammetry will also be available. Photogrammetry is playing an increasingly important role in the research in Factum Arte's 3D studio.

Download the Lucida Sacanner Manual in English / Arabic.

Factum Arte work in progress
Factum Arte work in progress

Factum Arte’s workshops are currently filled with diverse works for artists we have worked with for many years including Marc Quinn, Anish Kapoor, Marina Abramovic, Los Carpinteros and Mariko Mori.

But there are also new works for Wang YuYang, Alex Arrechea, Michael Hansmeyer, the Haas Brothers, Sarah Sze and many more.

The diversity of materials continues to proliferate as Factum’s approach to craftsmanship embedded in mediation and transformation evolves and matures. A major restructuring is under-way to accommodate the growing demand and to ensure that we can respond to the diverse requirements of a rapidly changing creative landscape.

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