Launched by the Loewe Foundation in 2016 to celebrate excellence in modern craftsmanship, the Loewe Craft Prize has announced its first winning entries. Ernst Gamperl of Germany was awarded the prize for his work ‘Tree of Life 2’, selected from among 26 finalists. His creation was chosen by a distinguished jury of leading figures in design, architecture, journalism and museum curatorship.
Ernst Gamperl received a silver trophy from iconic actress Charlotte Rampling, along with a cash prize of 50,000 euros. Loewe Creative Director Jonathan Anderson said: “The work of Ernst Gamperl has something which conveys a unique voice, and the physicality of these pieces will be important for many more years to come.”
The jury also awarded two Special Mentions to Yoshiaki Kojiro and Artesanías Panikua.
All the finalist entries in this first Loewe Foundation Craft Prize are featured in an exhibition that was inaugurated on April 11 at the COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid) in Madrid. The exhibition will then travel to New York (Chamber Gallery, May 30 – June 6, 2017), Tokyo (November 2017) and London (Collect Saatchi Gallery, February 22-26, 2018).