Dominique Perrault was announced as the architecture laureate for the 2015 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award. Bestowed by the Japan Art Association since 1988, the prestigious award celebrates the association's 100th anniversary and honors the late Prince Takamatsu, who was a patron for 58 years and had faithful commitment to the arts. The 2015 Praemium Imperiale laureates join 134 of the greatest cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Praemium Imperiale recognizes lifetime achievement in the arts, similar to the Nobel Prize for scientific accomplishments. The prize also comes with a cash prize of 15 milion yen (approx. US$122,000).
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Alongside Dominique Perrault, the 2015 Praemium Imperiale laureates include four notable cultural figures: Japanese-born British pianist Mitsuko Uchida; French ballerina Sylvie Guillem, German sculptor Wolfgang Laib, and graphic designer and artist Tadanori Yokoo. The 2015 Grant for Young Artists award (5 million yen) will go to Myanmar's Yangon Film School (headquartered in Berlin).
Japan's Prince Hitachi — honorary patron of the Japan Art Association — will present each Praemium Imperiale gold medal to the winners during a ceremony in Tokyo on October 21.
The international advisory panel includes William Luers, a former president of the United Nations Association of America and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a retired American ambassador and diplomat; Lamberto Dini, a former Italian prime minister; Christopher Patten, Chancellor of the University of Oxford and former Chairman of the BBC Trust; Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of Germany’s Goethe-Institut; former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin; and Yasuhiro Nakasone, a former Prime Minister of Japan.
The honorary advisors are Jacques Chirac, former President of France; philanthropist David Rockefeller, former CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank; David Rockefeller, Jr., a philanthropist and environmentalist; former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt; and François Pinault, founder of Kering, the French retail conglomerate.
See more previous architecture laureates on Bustler here.
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