LOEWE Announces 4th LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize

Genta Ishizuka  Surface Tactility #11  Winner 2019

Genta Ishizuka
Surface Tactility #11
Winner 2019

SOFA CHICAGO is proud to partner again to promote the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, an international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship. The Craft Prize is open to artists of all ages (over 18) and nationalities, regardless of experience or reputation. The Prize, judged on the strength of the work, values those who are pushing the boundaries of craft. The winner collects a prize of €50,000 with two special mentions of €5,000 each and will be announced in Spring 2020.

Founded in 1988 by Enrique Loewe, a fourth-generation member of LOEWE’s founding family. Today, the Foundation continues to promote creativity, organise educational programs and protect cultural heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, photography, design and craft. With the LOEWE Craft Prize the house reasserts its longstanding commitment to creativity in all forms and disciplines. Culture is a pillar of the brand. Reflecting fashion’s vital link to contemporary life, a strong emphasis on art, design and craftsmanship has been a cornerstone of Jonathan Anderson’s rebuilding of the house.The Foundation was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts by the Spanish government in 2002.

The LOEWE Craft Prize 2020, is the fourth edition of the international award. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time.

An expert panel composed of artists, artisans, essayists, curators and designers will consider all submitted works in order to select a shortlist of up to 30 submissions. Their choice will be based on a number of key criteria: originality, clear artistic vision and merit, precise execution, material excellence, innovative value and a distinct authorial mark.

A jury composed of 11 leading figures from the world of design, architecture, journalism, criticism and museum curatorship, including Genta Ishizuka, winner of the 2019 LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, will select the winner of the 2020 Craft Prize. The shortlisted and winning works will feature in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue in Paris in Spring 2020.

Submissions for the LOEWE Craft Prize 2020 will be accepted until 30 October 2019.


Notes to Editors

Experts Panel

— Paula Aza, LOEWE Head of Architecture.
— Antonia Boström, Director of Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
— Hyeyoung Cho, Secretary General at the Korea Craft and Design Foundation.
— Sara Flynn, ceramist and finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2017.
— Koichi Io, metal artist and finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2019.
— Krzysztof Lukasik, LOEWE accessories designer.
— Rodman Primack, Global Ambassador for Design Miami.
— Ramón Puig Cuyàs, jewellery artist.
— Sylvie Vandenhoucke, glass artist and finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2017.
— Anatxu Zabalbeascoa (Executive Secretary), architecture and design correspondent for El País.

Jury

— Jonathan Anderson, LOEWE Creative Director.
— Naoto Fukasawa, designer and Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Tokyo.
— Olivier Gabet, Director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
— Genta Ishizuka, Winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2019.
— Hong-Nam Kim, President of the National Trust of Korea.
— Enrique Loewe, LOEWE FOUNDATION Honorary President.
— Wolfgang Lösche, Head of Exhibition and Fairs at the Chamber of Skilled Trades, Munich.
— Wang Shu, Architect and Pritzker Prize winner.
— Deyan Sudjic, essayist and Director of Design Museum, London.
— Benedetta Tagliabue, architect and RIBA Stirling Prize winner.
— Patricia Urquiola, architect and industrial designer.
— Anatxu Zabalbeascoa (Chairwoman), architecture and design correspondent for El País.


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The Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, was founded in 1882 by a group of collectors to promote the applied arts and develop links between industry and culture, design and production. The original objective being ‘to keep alive in France the culture of the arts which seek to make useful things beautiful.’ Today it remains true to its original aims of safeguarding the museum’s collections, promoting culture, providing art education and professional training, and supporting design.

The LOEWE FOUNDATION

The LOEWE FOUNDATION was established as a private cultural foundation in 1988 by Enrique Loewe, a fourth-generation member of LOEWE’s founding family. Today, under the direction of his daughter Sheila Loewe, the Foundation continues to promote creativity, organise educational programs and protect cultural heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, photography, design and craft. The Foundation was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts by the Spanish government in 2002.  

More information

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www.blogfundacionloewe.es
Instagram | @loewefoundation

LOEWE & Culture

With the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize the house reasserts its longstanding commitment to creativity in all forms and disciplines. Culture is a pillar of the brand. Reflecting fashion’s vital link to contemporary life, a strong emphasis on art, design and craftsmanship has been a cornerstone of Jonathan Anderson’s rebuilding of the house. In the past years, LOEWE has initiated an important series of collaborations with artists and artisans who reinterpret and expand the brand’s values. Apart from showcasing the many facets of LOEWE, these cultural projects reflect the transfer of knowledge and the cooperative spirit that have been characteristic of LOEWE since the day it was founded.