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Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate
Japan Art Association Award 2012 - Winners
12 Sep 2012
Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate 2012
Henning Larsen wins Praemium Imperiale
PRAEMIUM IMPERIALE AWARDS 2012 ANNOUNCED
Today, The Japan Art Association announced the names of this year’s Praemium Imperiale Laureates:
Painting: Cai Guo-Qiang
Sculpture: Cecco Bonanotte
Architecture: Henning Larsen
Music: Philip Glass
Theatre/Film: Yoko Morishita
The Praemium Imperiale is a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. Now in its 24th year, since its inauguration in 1989 it has become a mark of the highest international distinction for achievement in the arts. The awards honour individuals from all over the world who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the arts and are made in five categories – Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/film.
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The awards will be presented by Prince Hitachi, Honorary Patron of the Japan Art Association, the younger brother of the Emperor of Japan, at a ceremony in Tokyo in October. Each Laureate will receive an honorarium of 15 million yen (c. £115,000), a diploma and a medal – making the Awards globally the most substantial.
The list of major artists selected this year includes Cai Guo-Quiang, the brilliantly innovative Chinese artist who created the memorable ‘Footprints in the Sky’ works for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics – so appropriate for this Olympic year. He is the first Chinese Praemium Imperiale Laureate.
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Henning Larsen, the great Scandinavian architect responsible for so many outstanding, light-filled buildings both in his native Scandinavia but also in the Middle East, is another first – the first Danish Laureate for Praemium Imperiale.
This year, the Music Category has been given to Philip Glass – one of the most influential composers of the modern period and well known to many for his collaborations with musicians as diverse as Ravi Shankar, David Bowie, Brian Eno and Leonard Cohen.
The Japanese ballet dancer, Yoko Morishita in the category of Theatre/Film and the Italian sculptor, Cecco Bonanotte in the category of Sculpture further emphasis the rich diversity of these awards.
Lord Patten of Barnes, UK’s International Advisor to the Praemium Imperiale Awards says, “ it is fitting that, in this Olympic year, one of the artists who contributed so much to the Beijing Olympics be honoured. But let’s not forget that Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid who have made a major impression on the London Olympics, are also members of the very exclusive club of past Praemium Imperiale Laureates (Anish Kapoor 2011 and Zaha Hadid 2009)”.
Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate Past Winners
Ricardo Legorreta wins Praemium Imperiale in 2011
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Praemium Imperiale 2011
Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate 2011 winner : architect Ricardo Legorreta
Toyo Ito wins Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate for 2010
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Praemium Imperiale 2010
Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate 2010 winner : architect Toyo Ito
Zaha Hadid wins Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate for 2009
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Praemium Imperiale 2009
Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate 2009 winner : architect Zaha Hadid
Praemium Imperiale - Background Information
The Praemium Imperiale was established in 1988 to mark the centennial of the Japan Art Association and to honour the wish of the late Prince Takamatsu, its Honorary Patron for 58 years, “to contribute to enhancing and promoting the cultures and arts of the world”. As well as honouring five international artists each year, it also gives a grant to a Young Artists group, who nurture young talent.
Japan Art Association
The Japan Art Association is the oldest cultural foundation in Japan, established in 1887. It runs the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, and organizes and holds art exhibitions. Prince Hitachi, younger brother of the Emperor, has been its Honorary Patron since 1987. The Association has presented five Praemium Imperiale Awards every year since 1989.
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