By Culturekiosque Staff
NEW YORK, 12 SEPTEMBER 2015 Earlier this week, the Japan Art
Association announced that Mitsuko Uchida, the Japanese-born British
pianist whose deeply personal and insightful interpretations of Mozart and
Beethoven have set the highest standards in central repertoire and made
her one of the worlds greatest artists, and Sylvie Guillem, the French
ballerina whose artistry, technical prowess, and vivid dramatic presence
have established her as one of the premier dancers of her generation, have
won the 2015 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award.
They are joined by three other internationally celebrated cultural
figures: Tadanori Yokoo, one of Japan's most popular and respected graphic
designers and artists; German sculptor Wolfgang Laib, known for
installations that call attention to the ephemeral nature of time and the
power of nature; and Dominique Perrault, the French architect who "treads
his own bold path" with designs that "can be wildly imaginative
abstractly minimal" (The Guardian).
At a ceremony in Tokyo on 21 October 2015, Imperial Highness Prince
Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Association, will present each
Praemium Imperiale winner with a specially-designed gold medal and a
testimonial letter. The award also brings with it 15 million yen
Now in its 27th year, the Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award
is one of the most prestigious international prizes in the fields of
Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/Film. The prize has
become a powerful voice for the importance of cultural expression in
todays world, bringing international attention to the arts in much the
same way as the Nobel Prize brings attention to the sciences.
The 2015 Praemium Imperiale laureates join 134 of the greatest cultural
figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. They include Ingmar Bergman,
Leonard Bernstein, Peter Brook, Anthony Caro, Christo and Jeanne-Claude,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Norman Foster, Athol Fugard, Frank Gehry,
Jean-Luc Godard, David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Akira Kurosawa, Renzo
Piano, Robert Rauschenberg, Mstislav Rostropovich and Ravi Shankar.
The Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award was created in 1988 to
commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Japan Art Association and to
honor the late Prince Takamatsu, who was the associations honorary patron
for 58 years.