Facsimiles on display at Fondazione Prada, Venice
Facsimiles on display at Fondazione Prada, Venice

Factum Arte and Factum Foundation worked on two facsimiles of anatomy-themed paintings: Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Deijman, from the Amsterdam Museum and Bosch's The Extraction of the Stone of Madness from the Museo del Prado.

'Human Brains: It Begins with an Idea' (23 April - 27 November, 2022) brings together documents, drawings, paintings, prints and books challenged by the words of fiction writers and a collection of interviews with neuroscientists, psychologists, neurolinguists and philosophers from all over the world.

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New collaboration: Farah Behbehani
New collaboration: Farah Behbehani

An Awake Heart is a set of intricate, hand-woven textiles woven by Farah Behbehani. It was the subject of a new collaboration between the Kuwait-born artist, Athr Gallery and Factum Arte. The new production on display at Art Dubai 2022 (March 11-13, 2022) was the result of an innovative project aimed at mediating the shape and colour of textiles into an elevated-printed medium, and potentially into other productions.

The surface detail of the original silk and silver thread embroidered triangles was digitised, aiming at retaining the reflectivity and handmade nature of the original objects.

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<i>Le Chant de l'Ardent Désir</i>: Rachid Koraïchi at Aicon Gallery
Le Chant de l'Ardent Désir: Rachid Koraïchi at Aicon Gallery

'Koraïchi plays with the number seven throughout the exhibition both theoretically and literally. The artworks appear in multiples of seven; there are fourteen canvases, fourteen steel sculptures, and a group of six alabaster tablets lining the path to a monumental tapestry.
It is a divine number and omnipresent.'

- Aicon Gallery

For his third solo exhibition in the U.S. (February 3 - March 12, 2022), Rachid Koraïchi's long-standing collaboration with Factum Arte saw the production of new bodies of work, linked both to his Jardin d'Afrique and his exploration of calligraphy. Next to the large Jardin d'Afrique tapestry and the complete series of Les Vigilants (seven calligraphic sculptures in black painted Corten steel) created in 2021, two new series are also on display.

The six panels of Le Chant de l'Ardent Désir are the largest artworks by Koraïchi made in alabaster to date and La Montagne aux Étoiles is the result of the artist and Factum Arte's exploration of the balance between technology and traditional calligraphy.

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<i>Geology Rebuilt</i>: Fernando Casasempere at Tottenham Court
Geology Rebuilt: Fernando Casasempere at Tottenham Court

The concept of ceramic as the art of mixing and making of different and diverse minerals, to create something new but still deeply rooted in its basic elements, is at the centre of the public art installation Geology Rebuilt, created in collaboration with Factum Arte. Installed just above Tottenham Court station in London on January 28, 2022, Geology Rebuilt aims to bring something "brutal and geological" to the city, showing a new way of rebuilding geology from ceramics. The contrast between the traditional brick wall behind the contemporary sculpture shows how different the end results of the same materials can be.

The production process followed several steps, which were coordinated by Factum's engineering team.

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Bernd Nicolaissen, Strata of Pilbara: Stratagrams

Bernd Nicolaissen's new production is centered on the Australian Pilbara crater, an area that covers the Earth’s oldest rock formations and was irreversibly damaged in 2020. This video describes the experimental process that happened within Factum Arte between 2019 and 2021, involving elevated printing technology by Canon Production Printing. Factum experimented with gelatine inkjet printing over six glass plates, each one adding depth and colour in "building" the final result layer after layer. Encased within an illuminated aluminum box, the Stratagram is a three-dimensional visualisation of the work of geological eras.
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A film by Cédric Marville

Facsimile of Jan Gossaert's <i>The Adoration of the Kings</i>
Facsimile of Jan Gossaert's The Adoration of the Kings

The Adoration of the Kings painted between about 1510 and 1515 by Jan Gossaert (also known as Jean Gossart) within the collection of the National Gallery in London was recently the subject of an in-depth study. Accurate recordings revealed the complexity behind this large (179.8 × 163.2 cm) 16th-century altarpiece, depicting the Three Wise Kings (Balthasar, Caspar and Melchior) visiting the newborn Christ.

After recording the painting in high resolution using their Lucida 3D Scanner and colour photography, the National Gallery requested Factum Arte to produce a perfect facsimile to be displayed within the exhibition 'Sensing the Unseen: Step into Gossaert’s ‘Adoration’ inside the Winchester Cathedral (January 22 - April 3, 2022).

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Dios se lo pague - Justo Gallego (1925-2021)
Dios se lo pague - Justo Gallego (1925-2021)

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Justo Gallego. He has been an inspiration for everyone at Factum since Manuel Franquelo and I first met him in 1996. We arranged a celebration of his great work in London in 1998… Justo sent me a message saying ‘Dios se lo pague’.
He was a great man with a deep vision. I am sure he is where he would like to be. His humour, intelligence and belief are an inspiration to me and to so many others. I am sad but I am happy for you!

Watch this film by Otto Lowe about Justo and his work by clicking here.

Adam Lowe
Director of Factum Arte

Rematerialised tombstones installed in Zarzis
Rematerialised tombstones installed in Zarzis

In agreement with Zumrud Suleymanova, former Minister of Culture in Dagestan, Factum rematerialised and donated two of the tombstones recorded in Dagestan (Russia) in 2016 to Rachid Koraïchi for his Jardin d’Afrique.

The non-denominational cemetery, garden and DNA database was opened by the artist in Zarzis, Tunisia in June 2021, in the presence of UNESCO’s Director General Audrey Azouley. Jardin d’Afrique was built as a resting place for the countless migrants drowned while crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

The Dagestani tombstones from Kala-Khoreysh, linking back to the artist’s ancestors, were rematerialised in limestone, with sandblasted inscriptions in French, English and Arabic. The steles are now installed at the entrance leading to the tiled pathways.

<i>Morris, Gainsborough, Turner, Riley</i>
Morris, Gainsborough, Turner, Riley

Grayson Perry's most recent work has been produced for the artist in collaboration with Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd and unveiled at Frieze London (13 - 17 October 2021). Factum Arte's textile studio in Madrid has worked with Grayson on all his tapestry works.

This complex image interlaces four identifiable artworks by Gainsborough, William Turner, William Morris and Bridget Riley. Working a bit like a random-dot stereogram, each image in turn comes to the foreground. Creating this illusion depends on the control of both tone and colour, and this was the most challenging tapestry yet - both in the design of the weave structure and the control of the colour combinations.

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Grayson Perry's bell at Pangolin Foundry
Grayson Perry's bell at Pangolin Foundry

Following the very sad and short-sighted decision by the government and the Public Inquiry system to approve the conversion of the Whitechapel Bell foundry into a ‘Soho House’-style club and hotel, Factum Arte is moving ahead to prove there is a need and demand for bell production in the C21st. Grayson Perry’s Covid Bell was announced at the Public Inquiry last November and sculpted by Grayson in Spring 2021.

Scanned and processed by Factum Arte’s team in June, it is now being cast at Pangolin Foundry in Gloucestershire, making the first step in the revival of bell making. The London Bell Foundry is being formed to replace the Whitechapel Bell foundry that was sacrificed after almost 500 years of continuous work to make way for a boutique hotel.

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<i>Pillow Fort Playground</i>: Afra al Dhaheri at Expo 2020 Dubai
Pillow Fort Playground: Afra al Dhaheri at Expo 2020 Dubai

Artist Afra Al Dhaheri worked with Factum Arte on her site-specific installation Pillow Fort Playground with Green Art Gallery, as part of the Public Art Programme of Expo 2020 Dubai (October 1 2021 - March 31 2022). According to the artist, the pillow fort emerges from her childhood memories of tikkay, traditional embroidered Emirati floor cushions. Al Dhaheri decided to translate the softness and impermanence of the cushions into an illusion of softness carved in hard, cold marble.

The artwork will become a permanent fixture of the Expo 2020 Dubai site after the event closes in March 2022 and the area becomes District 2020.

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