2013 is 25th anniversary of international arts award
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Plácido Domingo, the Spanish-born international opera star and member of the acclaimed Three Tenors, and the groundbreaking American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, director of the Godfather trilogy, are among the 2013 winners of the prestigious Praemium Imperiale international arts award announced today by the Japan Art Association. The award, which brings with it 15 million yen (approximately $150,000) for each recipient, recognizes lifetime achievement in the arts.
The other winners of the prize are the Italian painter Michelangelo Pistoletto, the British sculptor Antony Gormley and the British architect David Chipperfield. The JuniOrchestra of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, based in Rome, has received the Japan Art Association’s 2013 Grant for Young Artists, which brings with it an award of 5 million yen (approximately $50,000).
The Praemium Imperiale is one of the world's largest and most prestigious prizes for painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film. Now in its 25th year, the award has become a powerful international voice for the enduring value of the arts.
The 2013 laureates join a roster of artists who include Arthur Miller, Ingmar Bergman, Leonard Bernstein, Peter Brook, Anthony Caro, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Jean-Luc Godard, David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Akira Kurosawa, Renzo Piano, Robert Rauschenberg, Mstislav Rostropovich and Ravi Shankar.
“In our twenty-fifth year, we reaffirm our commitment to honoring the arts and to celebrating its most imaginative and thought-provoking practitioners,” said Japan Art Association chairman Hisashi Hieda. “The 2013 Praemium Imperiale laureates enrich our lives and touch a common chord of humanity despite geographic and linguistic barriers.”
In addition to the monetary prize, each laureate will receive a specially-designed gold medal and a testimonial letter from Japan’s Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Association.
The Praemium Imperiale was created in 1988 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Japan Art Association and to honor the late Prince Takamatsu and his commitment to the arts. Prince Takamatsu served as the association’s honorary patron for 58 years.
For more information visit www.praemiumimperiale.org/.
Alix Friedman, for the Japan Art Association
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Source: Japan Art Association