'I often allow the material to lead my process, stimulating new ways of thinking and seeing. Dichroic's rainbow-colored iridescent finish changes color depending on the light in the room and the angle of the viewer.'
— Paula Crown
After acquiring a special vintage of wine, artist Paula Crown asked Factum Arte to design and produce a custom-made wine case in dichroic glass: the artist's vision involved precision work to create a multi-faceted top-opening volume made of iridescent surfaces.
The virtual exhibition 'Shezad Dawood: Nets' at Timothy Taylor's online view room (5 November – 12 December 2020) presents an edition of Hybrid I, a coral sculpture which aims to raise attention to the dissemination of climate and biodiversity research, and explore the intersection between species, ecosystems and technology.
A specimen of Acropora loripes was used as reference for Factum's 3D artist Irene Gaumé to create a model, which was 3D printed in sections at Factum Arte and then cast in bronze. Both the artwork and its polyurethane base were painted with some areas coated with fluorescent paint.
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© Shezad Dawood, Hybrid I, 2020, bronze with custom luminescent paint finish, each edition uniquely hand painted, 25 x 25 x 19,5 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and Timothy Taylor, London
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 - February 14th 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.
The original will go back to the church of Santa Lucia alla Badia, in Syracuse, at the beginning of December and the facsimile will take its place in the exhibition.
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).
Grayson Perry's most recent tapestry, Very Large Very Expensive Abstract Painting was on display at Victoria Mirò as part of the exhibition 'The MOST Specialest Relationship' (15 September – 31 October 2020), among other works conceived during and after his US trip for the three-part documentary Grayson Perry’s Big American Roadtrip.
Prints made at Factum Arte for the acclaimed Ghanain artist El Anatsui were on display at October Gallery (Focus on El Anatsui, 15th July - 29th August 2020) and as part of the first major retrospective in Europe, El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale at Kunstmuseum Bern (13th March - 1st November 2020).
Chicago-based artist Paula Crown is among Factum Arte's long-standing collaborations. Crown's interest in exploring the limits and possibilities of cutting-edge technologies and traditional media resonates with Factum's aim to offer artists a 'playground' to give shape to their ideas.
New works are now in their final stage of production. A large-scale version of Solo Together, one of the artist's most recognisable bodies of work, is being cast in bronze and a new series of prints is being finalised in Factum's printing department.
From July 4th to December 13th 2020, the Lost Paintings re-created by Factum Arte in collaboration with Sky Arte and Ballandi Arts are on display in the exhibition Nothing is lost (Nulla è perduto) in the town of Illegio, Italy. Displaying recreations of paintings by Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh, Marc, Klimt, de Lempicka, and Sutherland, Nulla è perduto focuses on the artists´ biographies, the character of the original paintings and the discussions that accompany their recreations. The exhibition is curated by Don Alessio Geretti. Reservation is mandatory on Illegio's website.
Factum Arte has been working with the Cabildo de Gran Canaria since early 2019 on a project to record and re-materialise an exact facsimile of ‘Cave No. 6’, which has been incorporated into the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2019. The facsimile has been installed by our team in January 2020 and will be on permanent view at the new Risco Caído Interpretation Centre in the town of Artenara.
The project is an exceptional demonstration of how new technology can serve to promote accessibility to vulnerable cultural heritage sites around the world whilst monitoring and maintaining their present condition.
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Video © Óscar Parasiego for Factum Arte
Cover image © Courtesy of Cabildo de Gran Canaria
The video animation created by Grégoire Dupond for the 2010 exhibition Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini was on show at Palazzo Sturm (Musei Civici di Bassano del Grappa) as part of the exhibition Giambattista Piranesi. Visioni di un architetto senza tempo (20 June - 19 October 2020). Working from the second state of each print of the Carceri d'Invenzione, a complex 3D environment has been assembled, creating the sensation that you are walking into and around these contradictory and visionary spaces. The Carceri are the 'prisons of Piranesi's imagination'; watching this animation is like entering Piranesi's mind. Watch the video
This period of lockdown seems to have given many people time to reflect. Factum Arte's collaboration with photographer Bernd Nicolaisen is still ongoing after Masterpiece 2018 and his previous work on the imagery of the ESA/Rosetta mission: Nicolaisen seeks to detect nature’s hidden artifacts where human intervention rarely, if ever, becomes apparent.
A new production, centered on the Australian Pilbara crater, an area which covers the Earth’s oldest rock formations and was recently irreversibly damaged, was announced in November 2019 and this video shows the experimental process happening within Factum Arte, involving elevated printing technology by Canon Production Printing.
6th April 2020 marked the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death and a number of exhibitions in this centenary year have focused on re-examining the importance of one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance. Factum Arte was approached by Scuderie del Quirinale and ALES to collaborate on what might be the most complete and exhaustive overview of the painter's life and career ever exhibited: more than 200 artworks, 100 of them by Raphael's own hand, were loaned by prestigious institutions from all over Italy and the world.
This extraordinary event, curated by Marzia Faietti and Matteo Lafranconi with contributions from Vincenzo Farinella and Francesco Paolo Di Teodoro, offers the visitor an unusual starting point: a rematerialisation of the painter's tomb, which is usually visible in the Pantheon, Rome. This was an ambitious project which has involved all of Factum's departments working together on different stages of the process.
Raffaello (1520 - 1483) re-opened from June 2nd until August 30th 2020. Learn more about the process behind this rematerialisation or watch the behind-the-scenes video.
Shezad Dawood has worked with Factum Arte since 2014 in a variety of media, on projects which complicate and reimagine received historical narratives and imagery. In this new profile, filmed in Factum Arte's Madrid workshops, he talks about the ideas and ideals which drive his work, and how the collaborative studio environment of Factum Arte helps to bring them to life.