December 10, 2017

Double homage to William Morris and the Arts And Crafts movement

A new exhibition in Madrid and a LOEWE capsule collection pays homage to the artist.

William Morris stood out at the end of the 19th century as one of the main figures of Arts 6 Crafts, an artistic movement that opposed the effects of industrialization in traditional craftsmanship. This generation of designers, artist, architects and artisans promoted the rebirth of craftwork, a return to a more simple way of life and started to question things like the sustainability of industrial production and the protection of the architectural heritage and the environment.

 

Now, and until January 21st, you can visit at Fundación Juan March in Madrid a complete retrospective dedicated to Morris and his contemporaries, where you can enjoy 300 pieces of the British artist and other authors. Four chronologically organized sections display furniture, painting, jewellery, ceramics, photography and textiles, many displayed for the first time in Spain. After Madrid, the exhibition will move to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, in Barcelona, from February 22 to May 21.

Meanwhile, LOEWE has just presented its newest capsule collection William Morris meets punk, which pays homage to the artist with pieces inspired by his designs but blended with elements of punk culture. ‘William Morris fundamentally changed the way we look at applied craft, making him one of the most important designers of the last 200 years,’ Anderson, creative director of the firm, said.