Ricardo Legorreta and Anish Kapoor
awarded Praemium Imperiale

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Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and British sculptor Anish Kapoor are among the five laureates of this year's Praemium Imperiale arts prize, awarded by the Japan Art Association. 

The Praemium Imperiale is awarded annually in the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film.

Each laureate receives £115,000, a diploma and a medal. The award ceremony will be held in Tokyo on 19 October 2011.

Past winners in the architecture category include Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, James Stirling and Zaha Hadid.

Here are some more details from the Praemium Imperiale orgainsers:


On Monday, July 11, the names of the new Praemium Imperiale Laureates were announced in London, Berlin, Paris, Rome, New York and Tokyo. The 5 recipients are as follows:

  • Bill Viola (USA), Painting
  • Anish Kapoor (UK), Sculpture
  • Ricardo Legorreta (Mexico), Architecture
  • Seiji Ozawa (Japan), Music
  • Judi Dench (UK), Theatre/Film

The artists are recognized and awarded for their achievements, for the impact they have had internationally on the arts, and for their role in enriching the global community. The five recipients each receive 15 million yen (approximately $182,000 / EUR 130,000 / £113,000), and a diploma and medal presented by honorary patron of the Japan Art Association Prince Hitachi in an awards ceremony in Tokyo. The awards ceremony will be held in Tokyo on October 19, 2011.

In addition to the Praemium Imperiale awards in 5 categories, the Japan Art Association gives an annual grant of 5 million yen to a group or institution that encourages the involvement of young people in the arts.

2011 Grant for Young Artists has been shared by:
The Royal Court Young Writers Programme (London)
Southbank Sinfonia (London)

The award was announced on July 11 at a press conference in London at Claridge’s, presided over by International Advisor Lord Patten of Barnes, in the presence of Prince and Princess Hitachi. Mr. Hisashi Hieda, chairman of the Japan Art Association, gave the diploma and grant of 2.5 million yen (approximately $30,000 / EUR 21,500 / £18,500) each to representatives of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and Southbank Sinfonia at the press conference in London.

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