The postponed fourth edition of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize will be taking place as a digital-only exhibition, opening online on 25 May 2021. Showcasing the work of the 30 shortlisted artists that hail from 6 continents and 18 different countries, the exhibition will use innovative digital technology to model the Great Hall of the Museé des Art Décoratifs and all of the artists’ works in 3D, to give viewers from all over the world an experience of craft mastery through high-definition, 360 degree ‘close up’ filming and augmented reality.
Featuring the best of works from the fields of textile, metal, porcelain and many more, this array of works display multitudes of material mastery, linked by a shared use of upcycled materials, a collective concern for the natural world, and a willingness to experiment with traditional techniques. Since 2016, the Craft Prize has continued to pay tribute to LOEWE’s beginnings as a collective craft workshop in 1846, and edition celebrates the excellence, artistic merit and newness in modern craftsmanship, to no lesser degree.
Ranging from the recently graduated and newly emerging artists to well-known names and esteemed leaders, this year’s finalists were chosen by a panel of experts from 2,920 total submissions – a 15% increase since 2019 – by artisans representing 107 countries. Included in the 12-member jury are Olivier Gabet, Director of the Museé des Art Décoratifs, Paris, and Genta Ishizuka, winner of the 2019 edition.
The exhibition will be open online at www.loewecraftprize.com, from 25 May 2021 onwards.
When: 25 May - 31 Dec 2021,