The solo exhibition 'Tears that Taste of the Sea' (13 April - 12 June 2021) at October Gallery, London, brings together for the first time four elements from the series 'Le Jardin d'Afrique', Rachid Koraïchi's new project. A new series of calligraphic figures (Les Vigilants), made of water jet-cut corten steel and painted in black, was produced earlier this year and is on show.
Built by the artist, 'Le Jardin d'Afrique' is a non-denominational cemetery, garden and DNA database in Zarzis, Tunisia for people who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean. Koraïchi aims to prove that art can really deal with the most important subjects, encourage compassion and empathy and make a difference in the face of great suffering. The graveyard will feature rematerialisations of two tombstones recorded in 2016 for the Zarzis cemetery in Dagestan, in agreement with Zumrud Suleymanova, former Minister of Culture in Dagestan.
Factum Arte and Rachid Koraïchi also worked on the production of a new tapestry which will form part of Jardin d’Afrique. Factum’s tapestry studio worked with Marcos Ludueña on the digital file and the colour selection before the tapestry was woven on Jacquard looms at Flanders Tapestries in Belgium.
Aura and Twilight, two new sculptures made at Factum Arte with glass bricks produced at Berengo Studio for Shirazeh Houshiary, are on display at Lehmann Maupin as part of the exhibition 'A Thousand Folds' (April 8 – May 28).
Following the end of the exhibition 'Raffaello (1520 - 1483)' at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, Factum Arte has installed the recreation of the tomb of Raphael in Urbino. The monumental structure will be on display in the Chiesa dei Carmelitani Scalzi until 2031, in accordance with the decision of the State Property office. The installation was an idea of the deputy mayor Vittorio Sgarbi and made possible by the mayor Maurizio Gambini. The tomb will form part of the city’s cultural and historical itinerary for visitors interested in Raphael's life in Urbino, as the church is located next to Raphael's monument and his birthplace.
For Noor Riyadh 2021, commissioned by the Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC) as a Riyadh Art program, Ahmed Mater collaborated with Factum Arte to develop the concepts he began to explore in 2017 with his piece Mitochondria: Powerhouses. The site-specific installation is composed of a 2 million volt Tesla coil, capable of electrical discharges of up to 2m, surrounded by six sculptures produced by Factum Arte resembling fulgurite - vitrified sand that naturally forms when lightning hits the ground.
For his outdoor exhibition at Centro de Cultura Contemporánea Condeduque in Madrid, Carlos Garaicoa collaborated with Factum Arte for the creation of the central piece of the site-specific installation Broken Line of Horizon (Linea Rota de Horizonte): a single bronze tree emerges among a group of stumps arranged in grids. The platanus occidentalis is a common sight in Madrid streets and a recreation was cast at Esfinge Foundry, before being sand-blasted and finished at Factum Arte's workshop.
The exhibition will tour to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (Didac) and to London (Goodman Gallery) after concluding in Madrid.
Factum Arte is delighted to have collaborated with the Frick Collection in New York for an unprecedented contextualization of Francesco da Sangallo's bronze St John Baptising. The statuette is on display on top of a recreation of the marble baptismal font where it originally stood, in the church of Santa Marie delle Carceri in Prato, Italy.
In the summer of 2020, the original font was recorded in high resolution by Factum Foundation using structured white light scanning. A team of craftsmen from Factum Arte then worked on recreating the marble stoop without the oxidisation and cracks that the original one presents after more than four hundred years of use.
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In honour of the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Greek State, the Rothschild Foundation has commissioned a facsimile of Sir Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of John Capodistria, painted at the Congress of Vienna in 1818-19. The painting normally hangs in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, and forms part of the Royal Collection, and sits in the company of other major figures who participated in the remoulding of post-Napoleonic Europe.
With the generous collaboration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Collection, the portrait of John, Count Capo d'Istria (1776-1831) was recorded on 11th-12th and 19th August 2020 by a team from Factum Foundation at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, where it formed part of the Royal Collection exhibition ‘George IV Art and Spectacle’. It was then re-materialised as a facsimile in Factum Arte’s Madrid studios.
The facsimile will be presented in an early nineteenth-century English gilt frame and will be included in the exhibition ‘1821 Before and After’ at the Benaki Museum in Athens (dates to be announced).
We are delighted to bring our collaboration with Canon Production Printing to the next level with the installation of an elevated printing system in our workshops in Madrid. Factum Arte and Factum Foundation have been working closely with Canon since 2015, applying their elevated printing technology to the reproduction of exact facsimiles using Factum’s approach to 3D scanning and colour management.
The new solution will enable us to use a Canon customised flatbed UV printer to print multiple stacked layers in Factum’s workshops, resulting in the re-creation of the surface of paintings that are accurate to a few microns.
Tracing Fallen Sky is a new production for Sarah Sze, following a first collaboration with Factum Arte in 2018 for Split Stone (7:34) and Split Stone (Northwest).
The sculpture is made of 115 individual stainless steel pieces, cast from 3D-printed models, on top of which a custom-bent curve of polished sheets of metal was welded. Tracing Fallen Sky was made for the artist's second solo show at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain ('Night into Day', 24 October 2020 - 7 March 2021, currently closed).
On 19 October, a tour of the exhibition was livestreamed on social media, with French philosopher Bruno Latour joining the artist in a promenade-conversation around the installations. Although Fondation Cartier was closed on 29 October due to COVID-19 restrictions, this insightful conversation is a great opportunity to enjoy the exhibition in virtual form. Click here to watch the tour
Sarah Sze, Tracing Fallen Sky, exhibition 'Night into Day', Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 2020. Photo © Luc Boegly
After the recording carried out by Factum Foundation in June 2020, an exact facsimile of Caravaggio's Burial of St. Lucy was created by Factum Arte for the exhibition 'Caravaggio. Il Contemporaneo - In dialogo con Burri and Pasolini' at Mart Rovereto (October 9th 2020 - April 18th 2021), where the original is now on display among a selection of contemporary works and photographs, encouraging new conversations and emphasising Caravaggio's spiritual relevance.
The painting, which measures 4.08 x 3 meters, was recorded in high resolution using the Lucida 3D scanner, conceived and developed by artist and engineer Manuel Franquelo, and panoramic colour photography. Permission to record was granted by the FEC (Fondo Edifici di Culto), to which the digital data will belong.
In May 2019, Puerto Rico-based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla approached Factum Arte with an ambitious project involving the creation of a 14-metre-tall fossilized Scots pine tree (pinus sylvestris) sculpture in resin and fiberglass for the exhibition Allora and Calzadilla: Spectres of Noon.
The final result of this first collaboration is now on show at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas (September 26, 2020 – June 20, 2021).