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Praemium Imperiale

The Praemium Imperiale
Awarded for "Outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts"[1]
Country  Japan
Presented by The Imperial Family of Japan
The Japan Art Association
First awarded 1989
Last awarded 2014
Official website Praemium Imperiale
Prince Takamatsu

The Praemium Imperiale (lit. "World Culture Prize in Memory of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu", Japanese: 高松宮殿下記念世界文化賞, Takamatsu no miya denka kinen sekai bunka-shō) is an international art prize awarded since 1989 by the imperial family of Japan on behalf of the Japan Art Association in the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and theatre/film.[2] These are areas of achievement not covered by the Nobel Prize. The prize awarded for outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts is often considered one of the most prestigious art prize in the world.


  • Information 1
  • Table of laureates 2
  • Grants for Young Artists 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Praemium Imperiale is awarded in the memory of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu (1905–1987), younger brother of Emperor Shōwa who reigned from 1926 through 1989. Prince Takamatsu was famous for his longtime support of the development, promotion and progress of arts in the world.

The laureates are announced each September; the prize presentation ceremony and related events are held in Tokyo, Japan, each November. The prize presentation ceremony is held in the presence of His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi, President of the Japan Art Association, at the Meiji Kinenkan in Tokyo. Prince Hitachi presents the prizes to the selected laureates. The prize consists of a gold medal and 15 million Japanese yen, and was created by the Fujisankei Communications Group, which pays the expenses of around $3 million per year.[1][2]

The laureates are annually recommended by international advisers. The advisers include Yasuhiro Nakasone, William H. Luers, Lamberto Dini, François Pinault, Chris Patten, and Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, and decided by an anonymous committee of the Japan Art Association.[2][3] Honorary advisors include Jacques Chirac, David Rockefeller, David Rockefeller, Jr., Helmut Schmidt and Richard von Weizsacker.

Table of laureates

Year Painting Sculpture Architecture Music Film/Theater
2015 Tadanori Yokoo Wolfgang Laib Dominique Perrault Mitsuko Uchida Sylvie Guillem
2014 Martial Raysse Giuseppe Penone Steven Holl Arvo Pärt Athol Fugard[4]
2013 Michelangelo Pistoletto Antony Gormley David Chipperfield Plácido Domingo Francis Ford Coppola
2012 Cai Guo-Qiang Cecco Bonanotte Henning Larsen Philip Glass Yoko Morishita
2011 Bill Viola Anish Kapoor Ricardo Legorreta Seiji Ozawa Judi Dench
2010 Enrico Castellani Rebecca Horn Toyo Ito Maurizio Pollini Sophia Loren
2009 Hiroshi Sugimoto Richard Long Zaha Hadid Alfred Brendel Tom Stoppard
2008 Richard Hamilton Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Peter Zumthor Zubin Mehta Sakata Tōjūrō
2007 Daniel Buren Tony Cragg Herzog & de Meuron Daniel Barenboim Ellen Stewart
2006 Yayoi Kusama Christian Boltanski Frei Otto Steve Reich Maya Plisetskaya
2005 Robert Ryman Issey Miyake Yoshio Taniguchi Martha Argerich Merce Cunningham
2004 Georg Baselitz Bruce Nauman Oscar Niemeyer Krzysztof Penderecki Abbas Kiarostami
2003 Bridget Riley Mario Merz Rem Koolhaas Claudio Abbado Ken Loach
2002 Sigmar Polke Giuliano Vangi Norman Foster Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Jean-Luc Godard
2001 Lee Ufan Marta Pan Jean Nouvel Ornette Coleman Arthur Miller
2000 Ellsworth Kelly Niki de Saint Phalle Richard Rogers Hans Werner Henze Stephen Sondheim
1999 Anselm Kiefer Louise Bourgeois Fumihiko Maki Oscar Peterson Pina Bausch
1998 Robert Rauschenberg Dani Karavan Álvaro Siza Sofia Gubaidulina Richard Attenborough
1997 Gerhard Richter George Segal Richard Meier Ravi Shankar Peter Brook
1996 Cy Twombly César Tadao Ando Luciano Berio Andrzej Wajda
1995 Matta Christo Renzo Piano Andrew Lloyd Webber Nakamura Utaemon VI
1994 Zao Wou-ki Richard Serra Charles Correa Henri Dutilleux John Gielgud
1993 Jasper Johns Max Bill Kenzo Tange Mstislav Rostropovich Maurice Béjart
1992 Pierre Soulages Anthony Caro Frank Gehry Alfred Schnittke Akira Kurosawa
1991 Balthus Eduardo Chillida Gae Aulenti György Ligeti Ingmar Bergman
1990 Antoni Tàpies Arnaldo Pomodoro James Stirling Leonard Bernstein Federico Fellini
1989 Willem de Kooning
and David Hockney
Umberto Mastroianni I. M. Pei Pierre Boulez Marcel Carné

Grants for Young Artists

Since 1997, a series of grants have been made to organizations which nourish young artists.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Selection criteria". Official website. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Goldberger, Paul (October 27, 1994). "In 1994, What Draws Eyes? The Megaprize".  
  3. ^ "Advisors". Official website. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "STIAS Fellow Athol Fugard receives prestigious 2014 prize". Stellenbosch University. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Grants for Young Artists". Official website. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 

External links

  • Official website
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