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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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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.


"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.


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.


Best Wishes for a Happy New Year
Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

2017, A year that has been dominated by the production of Jenny Holzer's three vast walls in marble and limestone for Jean Nouvel's extraordinary Abu Dhabi Louvre. The merging of new technologies and manual craft skills has always been at the core of Factum Arte’s mission. It is a mix that has resulted in a deep understanding of the mediation of data and the transformation of diverse materials. Craftsmen used to be associated with one material (goldsmiths, painters, ceramicists, gilders, film makers etc) but the merging of the virtual and the physical is creating a new environment – a playground for artists.
As a sign of the times Factum Arte is now working with equal numbers of female and male artists – works are in production for Shirazeh Houshiary, Maya Lin, Manal AlDowayan, Melanie Smith, Marina Abramović, Charlotte Skene Catling, Nazgol Ansarinia, Paula Crown, Teresa Solar, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige and Rob and Nick Carter.


Mariko Mori solo exhibition at Sean Kelly
Mariko Mori solo exhibition at Sean Kelly

This new body of work has been meticulously produced using the most technically advanced methods available. For her second exhibition at the gallery, Mariko has increased both the scale and magnitude of her sculptures, creating monumental works, some of which embrace the architecture of the space.


Marina Abramović returned to Factum
Marina Abramović returned to Factum

Marina Abramović came back to Factum Arte to develop different projects and carry out new works. Marina together with Adam Lowe's help will work on the preparation of her next exhibition for The Royal Academy of Arts in London, becoming the first living woman artist to exhibit in this prestigious institution.

"I am 71 years old, I am in the last part of my life, very conscious of making this transition. I think that when you die you do not go to darkness, but to light. What we are going to try to create is a way to make myself disappear in the light"


Scanning Seti has now ended
Scanning Seti has now ended

The exhibition Scanning Seti: the regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb has now ended at the Antiken Museum, Basel. The exhibition received extremely positive responses from reviewers worldwide and is currently being dismantled before being returned to Factum's workshops.

It would be exhibited in Madrid... who knows!?


Mediation and Transformation - Alchemy and New Technology: Adam Lowe at the Warburg Institute
Mediation and Transformation - Alchemy and New Technology: Adam Lowe at the Warburg Institute

On May 9th, Adam Lowe is talking about Factum Foundation's work at the Warburg Institute, London, as part of the lecture series Re-Opening the Workshop: Medieval to Early Modern. The talk will provide a contemporary perspective on the series' focus on workshops and artists' studios as sites for the transmission of ideas and skills.


Gorillas In the Mist
Gorillas In the Mist

Factum Arte supported The Haas Brothers in creating Gorillas in the Mist, a fountain specifically conceived for the new Aventura Mall in Miami. This installation consisting of three large bronze gorillas and four massive bronze trees circulating water creates a space that is both peaceful and evocative.


Adam Lowe at History Germany this Sunday 3rd
Adam Lowe at History Germany this Sunday 3rd

For "Guardians of Heritage - Keeper of History" that will broadcast at 21.05h, Hannes Jaenicke meets Adam Lowe of Factum Arte in Madrid. In the first part of the documentary, Hannes travels to Jordan to meet in the refugee camp Zaatari where people who are cut off from their homeland try to keep the memory of their cultural roots alive. To do so, he will visit "Factum Arte" in Madrid, a workshop that preserves cultural heritage and contemporary art through the use of state-of-the-art technology combined with craftsmanship. Find out more here


Summer Learning
Summer Learning

Factum Arte is delighted to welcome four students to its summer internship program. André Paul Jáuregui and Halley Ramos, graduate students in the Historic Preservation program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, will be supporting the 3D and color recording team by contributing to different scanning projects. As part of their internship, André and Halley will join a team on an innovative photogrammetric documentation project at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Andrew Hennessy has returned to help design new recording systems and Fernando Botella will research the uses of ´big data.´


True Copies
True Copies

Jeffrey Brown from PBS NewsHour visited Factum last March to learn more about our work both at Factum Arte and the Foundation. His piece focuses on our approach to understanding and preserving the integrity of culural objects and heritage. Click here to watch the video.


New Work from Akram Zaatari
New Work from Akram Zaatari

Factum Arte collaborated with Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari to produce a series of photographic objects including cyanotypes, etchings and digital prints for the exhibition Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation on display until September 25th 2017 at the Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).

The works produced for this exhibition transfer and reprodice photographic objects in paper, glass and metal. Zaatari's exhibition brings to light discussions and key moments in AIF´s recent history and focuses different objects of the collection that triggered them. A significant part of the exhibition reflects on the disintegration of images over time and the aging of emulsion.


'Benchmarks' at the Royal Academy
'Benchmarks' at the Royal Academy

Our collaboration with Ghanian artist El Anatsui can now be seen at Royal Academy in London. This is the first time these hand-made prints are shown in a public institution. On view will be the entire Eclipse Suite, the Black and White Series and Fragments. The prints were made by 3D scanning the wooden worktops used to make El Anatsui´s famous tapestries. This information was transferred onto aluminium plates and then printed through an etching press. Learn more about these large-scale prints. Request a day pass to see them.

See the video published by the Financial Times.


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