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Factum Foundation has now produced facsimiles for the exhibition IDENTIFICATION at the State Hermitage Museum
Factum Foundation has now produced facsimiles for the exhibition IDENTIFICATION at the State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is hosting the exhibition ‘IDENTIFICATION’ to coincide with the third event of ReACH, a series of international symposia led by the V&A and the Peri Foundation to discuss the digitisation and reproduction of cultural heritage.

Organised by the Peri Foundations the exhibition traces the history of Kala-Koreysh, one of the oldest Islamic settlements in Dagestan, through interpretations of the inscriptions and ornaments on the tombstones in the mosque cemetery. It is designed as a journey of discovery in which the viewer is encouraged to use different techniques, materials, and data to ‘scan’ the layers of information in these objects. Factum Foundation participated in the recording of Kala-Koreysh in 2016 and has now produced facsimiles of two of the most important tombstones and a pair of doors from the mosque. The tombstone facsimiles were digitally carved in limestone and the doors, intended for eventual installation at the mosque, in oak.

ReACH takes place on the 20th-21st Sep. and ‘IDENTIFICATION’ is open to the public from 21st Sep.-23rd Oct. 2017.


Reassembling a Masterpiece of the Bolognese school
Reassembling a Masterpiece of the Bolognese school

For three years, Factum Foundation has beenrecording all known panels of the Polittico Griffoni that were removed from the Church of San Petronio in Bologna in the C18th and sold as separate paintings. In October, Pope Francis will be visiting San Petronio and the intention is to return the altarpiece to its original site, the restored Griffoni chapel, in time for the Pope’s visit.


Data ownership & access
Data ownership & access

Factum Foundation will participate this September in the “Reproduction of Works of Art and Cultural Heritage” (ReACH) roundtable at the Hermitage Museum with the V&A and Peri Foundation. ReACH celebrates the 150th anniversary of Henry Cole's 1867 Convention for Promoting Universally Reproductions of Works of Art for the Benefits of Museums of All Countries by establishing a recording strategy that benefits local institutions while ensuring public access to heritage data. ReACH is organising a series of international symposia to discuss new approaches to digitizing and reproducing cultural heritage. Tristam Hunt, Director of the V&A, spoke at the second event at the Smithsonian and introduced Adam Lowe’s presentation.


Seti I update
Seti I update

The Foundation is finishing a facsimile of the tomb of Seti I in Madrid, which will be part of an exhibition at the Antikenmuseum in Basel next month focusing on the various efforts to restore, preserve and study Seti I. The re-creation will incorporate the fragments of the tomb recorded during the last past two months at institutions such as the Louvre, the British Museum, the Archeological Museum in Florence, and the Pergamon Museum.

Click here to read a full report on work carried-out in 2016 in Egypt.


Idrimi's Route
Idrimi's Route

On September 27th, at Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Making Light will launch an initiative to combat stereotypes of Syrian refugees. Factum Foundation supported their efforts by recording the statue of Idrimi at the British Museum and creating a 1:1 replica (see the 3D model). Idrimi, the King of Alalakh, was forced to flee Aleppo about 3,500 years ago. The statue of Idrimi will take the road once again this autumn as the embodiment of the resilience and determination of all Syrian refugees.

Click on the link to read a review of the project published by Current Archeology.


Building with Symbols
Building with Symbols

Factum Foundation is proud to announce a new exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, London, on Soane's relationship with Freemasonry. The exhibition Soane's Ark: Building with Symbols will be on display from October 11th 2017 to January 21st 2018. The centrepiece is a reconstruction of Soane's 'Ark of the Masonic Covenant', a piece of ritual furniture built in 1813 but lost in a fire in 1883. The exhibition will also include a selection of Masonic artworks, books and objects from Soane's collection aimed at reconstructing the network of meaning in which the Ark existed.

The reconstruction of the Ark is being carried out by Master Woodcarvers Houghtons of York and is generously supported by the United Grand Lodge of England to mark the tercentenary of the establishment of Freemasonry in London in 1717. An accompanying catalogue is being published by Factum Foundation.


Recovering Lost Heritage
Recovering Lost Heritage

The National Museum of Antiquities of Leiden will show the two Lamassu recorded at the British Museum and re-materialized at Factum Arte, as part of the exhibition Nineveh - heart of an ancient empire. They will then be donated to the Ashurbanipal Library Project at the University of Mosul, a gift from the British Museum, the Rijksmuseum and Factum Foundation to replace the plaster casts that were donated in 2014 and destroyed or sold by IS.


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