marți, 12 iulie 2011


Ricardo Legorreta was today honoured along with four other internationally-acclaimed artists as recipients of the 2011 Praemium Imperiale, one of the world’s most prestigious arts prizes.

The 2011 award winners are: Dame Judi Dench (Theatre/film), one of Britain’s most respected theatre, TV and film actors; Bombay-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor (Sculpture) who has won international acclaim for his work and is now creating the Orbit sculpture for the London 2012 Olympics; Bill Viola (Painting), a pioneer of video art whose work is described as ‘moving paintings’; Ricardo Legorreta (Architecture), Mexico’s leading living architect whose design blends modernism with his country’s own tradition and culture; and Seiji Ozawa (Music), Japan’s most celebrated conductor, who was Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 29 years.

The Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists has been jointly awarded to the Southbank Sinfonia, a young musicians’ orchestra, and the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme, for their remarkable work in nurturing young talent. It is the first time the grant of 5 million yen (c £36,000) has been shared.

Lord Patten, UK’s International Advisor to the Praemium Imperiale and a key figure in the selection for the Grant for Young Artist this year, said: “The five new Laureates have all done great, innovative work in their fields. It’s also a measure of the strength of artistic talent in this country that two of them are British. I’m delighted for them and what they’ve achieved. I’m also delighted that the Grant for Young Artists will be given to these two important young peoples’ organisations”.

The Praemium Imperiale is a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. Since its inauguration in 1989 it has become a mark of the highest international distinction for achievement in the arts. The awards honour individuals from all over the world who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the arts and are made in five categories – Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/film. The awards will be presented by Prince Hitachi, Honorary Patron of the Japan Art Association at a ceremony in Tokyo on 19 October 2011. Each Laureate will receive an honorarium of 15 million yen (c. £115,000), a diploma and a medal.

Previous UK and UK-based Laureates include David Hockney, James Stirling, Anthony Caro, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Attenborough, John Gielgud, Peter Brook, Richard Rogers, Tony Cragg, Norman Foster, Bridget Riley, Richard Hamilton, Richard Long, Zaha Hadid, Alfred Brendel and Tom Stoppard.


Note to Editors:
For more information on the 2011 Praemium Imperiale please contact:
Erica Bolton, Bolton & Quinn Ltd tel: +44 (0)20 7221 5000
The Japan Art Association, Tokyo tel: +81 (0) 3 5832 6464 fax +81 (0) 3 5832 6465

Praemium Imperiale
The Praemium Imperiale was established in 1988 to mark the centennial of the Japan Art Association and to honour the wish of the late Prince Takamatsu, its Honorary Patron for 58 years, “to contribute to enhancing and promoting the cultures and arts of the world”. As well as honouring five international artists each year, it also gives a grant to a Young Artists group, who nurture young talent. For more information, go to the website:

Japan Art Association
The Japan Art Association is the oldest cultural foundation in Japan, established in 1887. It runs the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, and organizes and holds art exhibitions. Prince Hitachi, younger brother of the Emperor, has been its Honorary Patron since 1987. The Association has presented five Praemium Imperiale Awards every year since 1989.

Southbank Sinfonia
Founded in 2002, Southbank Sinfonia is Britain's leading orchestral academy for young professionals. Each year 32 recently graduated musicians undertake a programme of performance and professional development. They are selected by audition from a wide range of national and international music conservatoires. Southbank Sinfonia provides a much-needed springboard into the orchestral profession.

Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme
The Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme discovers and develops new young writers with a distinctive voice and puts their plays in production. The programme was launched in 1991 in line with the mission of the Royal Court Theatre, a “writers’ theatre” dedicated to finding and cultivating young talent.

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