For Art Dubai 2023, five United Arab Emirates-based artists (Afra Al Dhaheri, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, Asma Belhamar and Khalid Albanna) chose to collaborate on a new permanent public artwork for the Al Hudaiba area, overlooking the Etihad Museum and Union House, as part of Dubai Culture’s multi-year Public Art Strategy. The production of the large-scale installation Union of Artists was carried out by Factum Arte following the collective concept proposed by the five artists.
The sculpture blends the creative ideas and artistic visions of the five artists to convey the concepts of unity and cooperation and was revealed to the public on February 26th 2024.
Curated by Valentine Raymond, director of the Musée jurassien des Arts, the exhibition 'Bernd Nicolaisen - Amedeo Baumgartner' (March 17 - May 26, 2024) at the Musée Jurassien des Arts in Moutier, Switzerland will be the largest exhibition to date of works by photographer Bernd Nicolaisen and painter Amedeo Baumgartner.
The show will feature 30 large-format photographs and 3D works by Bernd Nicolaisen on alabaster, 3D printing in resin and printing on gesso, created in collaboration with Factum Arte from images exploring the series Strata of Pilbara, Head of 67P, Oxidation of Water and Restlicht.
Grayson Perry's largest-ever show ‘Smash Hits’ is now open (July 22 until November 12, 2023) at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. The exhibition covers Perry’s 40-year career, and several of the tapestries on display were made in collaboration with Factum Arte.
Photo © Nick Mailer Photography
Ceramic bowls made by Factum Arte have been installed in the new courtyard garden at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. The garden has been designed by Tom Stuart-Smith Studio in collaboration with the artist Alison Turnbull.
Following the success of her exhibition at the Museo Reina Sofia, Leonor Serrano Rivas, working with Isabel Fernandez, Head of Tapestries at Factum Arte, continues to push the potential of digital jacquard weaving with a simple compositional structure of 1 yarn. The 24-piece series Polvo de estrellas involves transforming a flat image into a three-dimensional textile piece which responds to lighting. Details from both the front and the back of her new works from her Polvo de estrellas 3 series are remarkable.
Jan Hendrix’s exhibition 'El poeta y el artista. Seamus Heaney & Jan Hendrix en Yagul' can be seen at Casa de Mexico, Madrid until September 10th. In 1999 Jan Hendrix and Seamus Heaney visited the archaeological site, Yagul in Mexico. The drawings Hendrix made on this trip were the source of inspiration for the 7-part series of tapestries that are on show at Casa de Mexico, made in collaboration with Factum Arte.
This exhibition also celebrates the close relationship that developed between the artist and the writer Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) over 30 years working on publications together. A book has been produced by Fundación Casa de Mexico en España to accompany the exhibition.
More about Factum's work with Jan Hendrix
Photo © Fundación Casa de Mexico
After its installation at Coal Drops Yard in 2022, Seated by Tschabalala Self is now on display at De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill on Sea until October 29th, with the kind support of Pilar Corrias Gallery, London.
The 2,40m-tall bronze sculpture was commissioned by Avant Arte and produced by Factum Arte. Production started from a drawing by the artist, who closely worked with Factum Arte's 3D sculptor Irene Gaumé to rematerialise it as a three-dimensional piece, cast at Fademesa Foundry in Madrid.
Tschabalala Self: Seated, 2023, Installation view, De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. Photography: Lineker Photography
Artist Marguerite Humeau spent several months of creative work with the team at Factum Arte to produce the eleven sculptures that form part of her solo exhibition ‘meys’ at White Cube Bermondsey (April 5 – May 14, 2023). Humeau’s vision pushed both human skill and material limitations, using mostly natural beeswax as well as microcrystalline wax, pigments, and ashes to find and refine the physical form of each piece. The sculptural works also gave life back to a 150-year-old walnut tree (cause of death: unknown).
Eusocial insects such as ants, termites and bees, and the complex cooperative societies behind their vast built structures and symbiotic relationships with other organisms, are the inspiration behind this production. ‘meys’ was presented at White Cube as ‘a journey, incorporating sound, moving image and sculpture and enlisting the collaboration of artificial intelligence as well as hives of skilled craftspeople in order to explore ideas of interdependence and collective intelligence’.
Factum Arte in collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London is excited to announce we are creating a weatherproof, bronze replica of the iconic Dippy. We are delighted to share how this new replica will look in the completed gardens.
The team has worked on accurate 3D models and scans – provided by the museum - of the original Diplodocus carnegii 20th-century plaster cast. Over the coming months, high-precision engineering and architectural planning will transform the digital data into a monumental 4x21m bronze sculpture. As we enter the materialisation phase we are pleased to disclose that the initial bronze casts of Dippy’s vertebrae are just out of the foundry.
As part of the museum’s Urban Nature Project, the replica will be installed in early 2024 outside the new and refurbished museum gardens. More information to come soon!
Picture: © Natural History Museum