LOEWE Announces First Winner of Loewe Craft Prize

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LOEWE has named Ernst Gamperl as this year’s winner of the LOEWE Craft Prize. Gamperl beat 26 finalists with his winning entry, ‘Tree of Life 2’. The jury includes leading figures from design, architecture, journalism and museum curatorship. President of the jury Anatxu Zabalbeascoa describes Gamperl’s work as an exploration of the in-betweens of formal values and a stirring social message.

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“Based on rescuing fallen trees and bringing nature back to life with exquisite skill, this is an object that is both beautiful and teaches us the value of recycling,” says Zabalbeascoa in a press statement. “Its maker has developed a distinctive individual voice rather than a style or signature.”

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LOEWE creative director Jonathan Anderson adds, “The work of Ernst Gamperl conveys a unique voice, and the physicality of these pieces will be important for many more years to come.”

This year’s winner was announced in a special ceremony in Madrid, where Gamperl received a silver trophy and a cash prize of ‎€50,000. ‘Tree of Life 2’ will be featured along with all finalist entries in a Madrid-based exhibition that recently opened on April 11. The exhibition will be slated to go on view in New York’s Chamber Gallery from May 30 – June 6, and London’s Collect Saatchi Gallery from February 22 – 26.

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