Pieces made by Miki Asai.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Meet the 30 Finalists for This Year’s Loewe Foundation Craft Prize

The seventh edition of the award continues to push the envelope with an exhibition in May at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris

Piece made by artist Weonrhee. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Since 2016, the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize has been celebrating artistic excellence and innovation in craft. This year’s 30 shortlisted nominees have been selected from a panel of art-world luminaries. Spanning everything from jewelry to glassmaking and basketweaving, the works will be exhibited at Palais de Tokyo in Paris from May 15 until June 9. This year, many of the pieces were created with repurposed found or recycled materials, and there is a special emphasis on the transformation of simple, everyday—and unexpected—objects such as rubber tires and compressed wood. Organic, biomorphic forms and unique shapes are also a trend.

To discover the next big craft stars, the jury went through nearly 4,000 submissions by artisans representing 124 countries and regions. The criteria for the standout talents were technical prowess, exceptional skill, trailblazing innovation, and a strong artistic vision. “With the seventh edition of the prize, we continue to push the boundaries of craft and expand its horizons, with a showcase that includes works created from recycled materials, as various as glass, copper, wire and silicone, by artists around the globe,” says Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, executive secretary of the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize Expert Panel. “Our inspiration stems from a celebration of everyday monumentality, that paradoxically challenges the distinction between art and craft. Craft, to us, embodies creativity, meaning, culture, and technique and we believe that traditions are best preserved when they are questioned and reimagined.”

Pieces by Karl Fritsch. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

The prize was launched in 2016 to celebrate modern craftsmanship and its place in today’s culture, and it pays homage to the roots of the Spanish leather house, which was founded as a collective craft workshop in 1846. “Craft is the essence of Loewe,” creative director Jonathan Anderson stated at the first edition.  “As a house, we are about craft in the purest sense of the word. That is where our modernity lies, and it will always be relevant.”

A jury composed of a dozen leading figures from the worlds of design, architecture, criticism, and museum curatorship will select the winner, who will be awarded €50,000.

The artists are Andrés Anza (Mexico), Miki Asai (Japan), Patrick Bongoy (Democratic Republic of the Congo), emmanuel boos (France), Chun Tai Chen (Taiwan Region), Eunmi Chun (Republic of Korea), Ange Dakouo (Mali), Ken Eastman (United Kingdom), Jeremy Frey (United States), Karl Fritsch (New Zealand), Kevin Grey (United Kingdom), Raven Halfmoon (United States), Yuefeng He (Mainland China), Ferne Jacobs (United States), Racso Jugarap (Philippines), Hiroshi Kaneyasu (Japan)Heechan Kim (Republic of Korea), Kira Kim (Republic of Korea), Alison Croney Moses (United States) Gaku Nakane (Japan) Aya Oki (United States), Ozioma Onuzulike (Nigeria), Weon Rhee (Jongwon Lee), (Republic of Korea), Ikuya Sagara (Japan), Luis Santos Montes (Spain), Saar Scheerlings (Netherlands), Polly Adams Sutton(United States)Kazuhiro Toyama (Japan), Norman Weber (Germany), Debaroun (Dahyeon Yoo) (Republic of Korea).

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Meet the 30 Finalists for the 2024 Loewe Foundation Craft Prize

Cover: Pieces made by Miki Asai.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist


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