Paolina Borghese at the V&A's Cast Courts
Paolina Borghese at the V&A's Cast Courts

Three statues created by Factum Arte, resulting from the recording of Antonio Canova's 'Paolina Borghese as Venus Victrix' in 2013, have been officially unveiled at the reopening of the V&A Museum's famed Cast Courts, which took place on December 1st 2018. Whilst the bright white edition is a 3D stereolithographic printed resin painted white, the other two versions were both cast glass and plaster using moulds produced directly from a 3D print.

Read more about the facsimiles here.

Paula Crown at Factum Arte's workshop

Paula Crown is a multimedia artist interested in exploring the limits and possibilities of cutting-edge technologies and traditional media. Last summer, Paula Crown was in residency at Factum Arte's workshop in Madrid, experimenting with materials, pigments and giving form to new ideas.

Learn more about Paula Crown's work with Factum here.

Ahmad Angawi at the British Museum
Ahmad Angawi at the British Museum

For his first collaboration with Factum Arte, Ahmad Angawi decided to realize a series of Mangour Screens, now exhibited permanently at the British Museum as part of the new Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World, launched in October 2018.

These Mangour Screens reflect the great connection existing between digital and traditional craftsmanship and celebrate the ancient Islamic principles and rich cultural diversity Angawi was inspired by.

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© Image Courtesy of Ahmad Angawi

Adam Fuss at Factum Arte

Adam Fuss is a British-born artist characterized by a camera-less technique in his photographic work, often reducing the medium to its bare essentials of an object, light, and light-sensitive material. Alongside these photograms, much of the artists work encompasses photographic printmaking; a practice that brought Fuss to Factum and our specialist printers. This artist profile explores the exciting results of this collaboration, as well as his values as both an artist and photographer.

Boris Savelev's Chernowitz portfolio

Using the specialist flat-bed printer available in our Madrid workshop, much of Savelev’s modern work is printed on gesso-coated aluminium; a material that complements the deep shadows present in his work as well as the multiple tonal layers involved in their production, with the photographer personally involved in every print himself.

Click here to see the complete portfolio.

Gharem’s Hemisphere, on view at Sharjah Art Museum in Sharjah
Gharem’s Hemisphere, on view at Sharjah Art Museum in Sharjah

Completed with Factum Arte in March 2017 and originally exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2017, Abdulnasser Gharem’s Hemisphere sculpture will now be shown in the Sharjah Art Museum, in collaboration with the Galerie Brigitte Schenk. The exhibition ‘Subversive Forms of “Social Sculpture”: Heimo Zobernig and Abdulnasser Gharem’ will run until November 2018.

Learn more on Hemisphere.

Learn more on the exhibition.

Set design for the opera <i>The Magic Flute</i>
Set design for the opera The Magic Flute

Michael Hansmeyer has collaborated with Factum Arte to create the set design of Romeo Castellucci’s The Magic Flute / Die Zauberflöte, presented this week at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie de Munt in Brussels.

Hansmeyer's piece is a significant example of computational architecture, showing the conversion of a geometry model into a monumental physical object. This new project testifies to the atmosphere of Factum Arte's workshop, that of a playground with a plurality of artistic possibilities, and embodies our obsessive commitment to pushing the boundaries that usually separate technology and craft skills. Learn more.

Factum Arte's Greyscale Cabinet, on view at Homo Faber in Venice

On 14 Sept., the Fondazione Giorgio Cini opened its doors for the premiere of the event Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future. Until 30 Sept., the Venetian building hosted masterpieces, exhibitions, installations and workshops presenting the work of some of the finest European artisans. Among those works was Factum Arte's Greyscale Cabinet. Homo Faber is the first event organised by the Michelangelo Foundation.

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<i>On becoming Virtual Octopi</i> by Shezad Dawood
On becoming Virtual Octopi by Shezad Dawood

London-based artist Shezad Dawood's renewed collaboration with Factum Arte led to the production of the new polychromatic sculpture On Becoming Virtual Octopi, designed in response to and in conversation with Barakat Gallery’s antiquity collection, for the artist's solo exhibition Leviathan: On Sunspots and Whales (September 1 - November 4 2018).

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New works by Bernd Nicolaisen
New works by Bernd Nicolaisen

In collaboration with the Physics Institute - University of Bern and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research of Göttingen, Bernd Nicolaisen has developed his two new series HEAD OF 67P - ESA / ROSETTA MISSION and CHURY OUT OF HORIZON.

The new works revolve around mysterious places that have never been seen before, places more than 400 million km away from planet Earth. Within this seemingly abstract visual world, new perspectives on comet Tschurjumow- Gerasimenko 67P reveal themselves to the viewers. The large-format pictures in 3D print- and tableaux-formats incorporate two different work series.

On view at the Physics Institue - University of Bern. Read more.

Recording of <i>Queen Maria Luisa on horseback</i> (1799) by Francisco de Goya
Recording of Queen Maria Luisa on horseback (1799) by Francisco de Goya

Factum Arte's team has completed the 3D and colour recording of Goya's Queen María Luisa on horseback at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the first step towards the production of a high-resolution facsimile that can be used for the study, conservation and dissemination of the painting. The project has been made possible by renowned American artist and film-maker Julian Schnabel, whose works are embedded in a deep knowledge of the past.

The production of a facsimile of Queen María Luisa continues in the Prado's long tradition of encouraging both great artists and students to make copies of works in the collection as a way to study the old masters. In this case, however, the 'copy' will take advantage of the latest technologies, allowing us to extract high-resolution information from the painting and transform it using digital tools in order to create a new interpretation of the original. The process of creating a facsimile requires the active collaboration of experts from different disciplines - it is rethought for each project and often leads to new insights into the work of art.

Read more about the project.

Factum Arte's profile, by Patek Philippe
Factum Arte's profile, by Patek Philippe

"The idea really is something like the old renaissance workshops where people with many different skills, work to pursue a common goal."
In his interview by Patek Philippe Magazine, Adam Lowe talks about Factum Arte, Factum Foundation, the creative energy that animates the workshops and the contemporary artists, artisans and secular masterpieces that run them.

To know more about the articulation of this unique place where artists, technicians and artisans join their passions and experiment with cutting-edge technologies, like art students in a playground, you can watch this video and read the corresponding article published by Patek Philippe Magazine.

The Wedding at Cana's case at the Biennale di Architettura
The Wedding at Cana's case at the Biennale di Architettura

The facsimile of The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese, produced by Factum Arte, is part of the cases selected by the Venice Pavilion at the Biennale di Architettura 2018. For this edition, the Venice Pavilion has the purpose to offer a project of shared management of the knowledge. The original, currently held at the Louvre, was made for the refectory of the Benedictine monastery of S. Giorgio Maggiore. With this copy, Veronese’s masterpiece was brought back to the city of Venice and the island of S. Giorgio.

Click here to know more about the process and production of the Wedding at Cana facsimile.

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