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Rachid Koraïchi's exhibition at October Gallery
Rachid Koraïchi's exhibition at October Gallery

Les Maîtres du Temps (Masters of Time) is currently exhibiting the work of artist Rachid Koraïchi at October Gallery in London, until 28 July. Koraïchi’s sculptural explorations extend across an impressive range of different media, including sculptures produced at Factum Arte.

Read more about the artist's work.

"Eros and the goblet of milk", Charlotte Skene Catling and Adam Lowe's piece for Domus
"Eros and the goblet of milk", Charlotte Skene Catling and Adam Lowe's piece for Domus

"In myth, the world began with Eros, the primordial god of love, emerging from Chaos. As a driving life force, and through irresistible longing, he 'unnerves the limbs and overcomes the mind' (Hesiod, Theogony). Eros reprents the battle between body and mind, and equally, their synthesis. Great art is a sensual piercing of the intellect, understood through desire. It sublimates and transforms, merging hardness and softness."

Read Charlotte Skene Catling and Adam Lowe's piece for Domus Magazine, July/August 2018 issue.

Masterpiece London
Masterpiece London

From 28 June to 4 July, Factum Arte participated in Masterpiece Art Fair 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) showed 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 introduced 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 was 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.

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.

Grayson Perry's works at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
Grayson Perry's works at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Until 2nd Sept. 2018, at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, the Folk Wisdom exhibition is featuring key works spanning two decades of Grayson Perry’s career. Among them are large tapestries coming from several series produced at Factum Arte.

The award-winning British artist uses the seductive qualities of tapestries and other art forms to make stealthy comments about societal injustices and hypocrisies, and to explore a variety of historical and contemporary themes such as identity, gender, social status, sexuality and religion.

The exhibition is produced in collaboration with La Monnaie de Paris museum where it will be on view during autumn 2018.

Read more.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth - exhibition opening
Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth - exhibition opening

Factum Arte is proud to work with the Bodleian Library, Oxford on the exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth. The 4D relief map of Middle-earth with back and front projection is an exquisite application of technology that seems to get inside your imagination like the words of the book. It maps time, geography and image using both an animation displayed on an 85-inch screen and a front projection mapped to the topography of the landscape.

Read more here.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

Mystery of the Lost Paintings
Mystery of the 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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