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Loewe Foundation: Celebrating Artisanship Worldwide

Artisans from around the globe were celebrated for their fine works of craftsmanship on April 10th in Madrid. The Maestro is one of 26 finalists selected out of an astounding 4,000 submissions for the Loewe Craft Prize. Lino’s submitted piece ‘Dinosaur’ (2016) was created with blown glass and roman multi-colored murrini. Lino’s piece was created with the intent to link strength of the prehistoric animal to the fluidity of the sea.

The applied arts practitioners come from an extensive list of disciplines including ceramics, textiles, woodwork, and of course, glass. The selected finalists range from experts in their field to emerging artists from around the world.

“It’s about being able to give artisans a voice,” said Jonathon Anderson of the Loewe Foundation. “We are living in a world that is becoming very polarized so it was important not to value any one territory above another.” Finalist Antonio Cornelio and his family were overcome with joy during an honorable mention for their piece according to El Mundo. “This is the first time we have left home,” explained Antonio, “We are deeply moved.” Cabinetmaker Ernst Gamperl was named this years Craft Prize winner. Gamperl’s masterpiece is a 300-year-old oak sculpture titled ‘Tree of life 2’.

The Loewe Foundation, founded in 1988, is a private cultural foundation. The idea of having a Craft Prize was incepted in 2016. That’s when the Loewe Foundation launched the annual international prize recognizing craftsmanship from around the world. The Craft Prize was created to honor the approach to craft in modern culture. In a way, this represents who Lino Tagliapietra is as an artist. Lino’s work is a fusion of deep rooted techniques and Venetian tradition blended with a fresh perspective and creative approach.

Artists Work on Display

The finalists work will be on display in Madrid April 10th until May 10th at the Colegio Official de Arquitectos de Madrid. In addition, you can find the stunning displays of artistry in New York at the Chamber Gallery May 31st through June 7th and in Tokyo November of 2017.

Congratulations to Lino and the rest of the well-deserved finalists for continuing to inspire and create.