Art & Photography

Chance Encounters: Loewe in Miami

The 170-year-old Spanish fashion house installs an 18th-century granary and an exhibition of British art at its US flagship store, to coincide with Art Basel Miami

Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson has had a busy 2015. Not content with running his own brand, JW Anderson, for which he won both the womenswear and the menswear designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards, the English designer has now branched into curation, putting together a show that will run during Art Basel Miami.

The exhibition, entitled Chance Encounters, which opens on Wed 2 Dec 2015 at Loewe’s flagship store in Miami’s design district, is based around an 18th-century granary (or hórreo) imported from a small town on the Spanish-Portuguese border. The degraded, unadorned form of this monolithic structure centres an exhibition of four British artists. Contemporary works, by the painter Rose Wylie and installation artist Anthea Hamilton, are contrasted against an extensive collection of works by celebrated potter Lucie Rie and photographs by Paul Nash, one of the icons of early British 20th century art.

When curating Chance Encounters, Anderson wanted to create an environment that “brought history and craft into a modern context”. The show reflects the earthy tones and simple forms of Loewe’s latest collection, functioning as a “snapshot of a single moment, bringing together things that have recently lodged in my mind and shaped my thinking”, as Anderson says in the press release.

Chance Encounters runs until 17 January at Loewe, Miami Design District 110 NE 39th Street, Suite #102 Miami Florida 33137