© Museo d'Arte Ghibli / Shun Komiyama
The Loewe Foundation continues its commitment to supporting craft by becoming a patron of the Tokuma Memorial Cultural Foundation for Animation. This partnership will see the Loewe Foundation provide three years of financial support for the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan, enabling it to pursue a range of cultural activities and exhibitions.
United by humanist values and a deep respect for craft, the Loewe Foundation and Studio Ghibli both support the rich creativity and human warmth that springs from handmade craftsmanship, whether in luxury leather objects or animated films composed from tens of thousands of hand-drawn pictures.
Opened in 2001, the Ghibli Museum is a cultural center and relaxing recreational facility nestled in greenery. It carries on and enriches the heritage of Studio Ghibli, which was founded in 1985 by animated film directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki.
In keeping with Hayao Miyazaki’s wishes, the museum embraces the ability of people to feel and share emotions. Permanent displays show how animated films are made, as well as what the creators see and feel when they are creating a film.
Directed by Sheila Loewe, the Loewe Foundation was established in 1988 as a private cultural foundation by Enrique Loewe Lynch, a fourth-generation member of the Loewe founding family and today Honorary President of the Foundation. The Foundation promotes creativity, supports educational programs and safeguards heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, photography, art and craft.
Sheila Loewe and Kazuki Anzai, Director of the Ghibli Museum, shared their enthusiasm regarding this collaboration.
“We are very proud to support the Ghibli Museum, one of Japan’s most beloved creative institutions. Studio Ghibli and Loewe have many shared values, from a longstanding commitment to craft, to an enduring love of nature,” says Sheila Loewe.
“We are delighted to see Loewe, a maison with craftsmanship at the core of its identity, and the Ghibli Museum, which communicates the warmth of handcraft through the animation of thousands of drawings, come together,” adds Kazuki Anzai.