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Finalists’ Works for the “LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2024” to Be Exhibited in Paris

Miki Asai(Japan) “Still Life” Photo: Courtesy of LOEWE Foundation

The LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, launched in 2016 by LOEWE Creative Director Jonathan Anderson, is an international annual award that recognizes the importance of craft in today’s culture and honors working artisans whose talent, vision and innovation set standards for the future. This year, the LOEWE FOUNDATION announced the 30 finalists for the seventh edition of the Craft Prize. The finalists’ works will be exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Europe’s largest contemporary art center, from May 15 to June 9, 2024.

The 30 finalists were selected by a panel of experts from over 3,900 submissions by artisans representing 124 countries and regions. Submitted works span a range of categories, including ceramics, woodwork, textiles, furniture, paper, basketry, glass, metal, jewelry, lacquer, and leather. The finalists represent 16 countries and regions, with the most selected artists coming from the US, followed by Japan and Republic of Korea. The experts panel deliberated and identified finalists based on technical accomplishment, skills, innovation, and artistic vision.

Many of the works this year repurpose recycled materials and focus on elevating and transforming everyday materials, such as rubber tyres and compressed wood, which are not traditionally associated with crafts. Regarding the selection process, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, Executive Secretary of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize Expert Panel, said: “With the seventh edition of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft 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. 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.”

The winner of the 2024 LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize will be selected by a jury composed of 12 figures from the world of design, architecture, journalism, criticism, and museum curatorship. Among the leading professionals, Naoto Fukasawa, designer and director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum and Eriko Inazaki, winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2023, joined the jury as a member from Japan. The winner will be announced and awarded 50,000 Euros on May 14, 2024, at the opening of the exhibition at Palais de Tokyo.


◾️The selected finalists for the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2024
(in alphabetical order, with country and region)

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)

◾️General information
Exhibition dates: May 15 to June 9, 2024
Venue: Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France)



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