THE 21st PRAEMIUM IMPERIALE AWARDS
The Announcement of the 2009 Awards
On Thursday, September 24, the names of the new Praemium Imperiale Laureates will be announced in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Tokyo.
The Praemium Imperiale is awarded by the Japan Art Association, and is the world's largest and most prestigious arts prize. Now in its 21st year, the Praemium Imperiale has grown to become a powerful voice for the importance of the arts in today’s world. It gives international recognition to the arts －much in the same way as the Nobel Prizes do in the Sciences. The Praemium Imperiale is awarded in the five disciplines of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/film. Artists are recognized for their achievements, for the impact they have had internationally on the arts, and for their role in enriching the global community. The five laureates each receive an honorarium of 15 million yen (c. $158,000), and a diploma and medal presented to them by Prince Hitachi, the Japanese Emperor’s younger brother, and honorary patron of the Japan Art Association, in an awards ceremony in Tokyo.
The awards ceremony will take place in Tokyo on October 22nd.
Last year, the awards went to Richard Hamilton(painting), Ilya & Emilia Kabakov(sculpture), Peter Zumthor(architecture), Zubin Mehta(music) and Sakata Tojuro(theatre/film). Laureates awarded previously include Claudio Abbado, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Norman Foster, Anselm Kiefer, Rem Koolhaas, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Rauschenberg, Bridget Riley, Sigmar Polke, , and Jean-Luc Godard, .
International Advisors to the Japan Art Association chair nomination committees and propose candidates for the annual awards. Japan Art Association selection committees make final selections. International Advisors include several prominent statesmen and business leaders: Lamberto Dini, Otto Graf Lambsdorff, William H. Luers, François Pinault and Yasuhiro Nakasone. Honorary Advisors are Jacques Chirac, David Rockefeller, David Rockefeller, Jr., Helmut Schmidt and Richard von Weizsäcker.
The Grant for Young Artists
In addition to the Praemium Imperiale awards in 5 categories, the Japan Art Association gives an annual grant of 5 million yen (c. $52,000) to a group or institution that encourages the involvement of young people in the arts. The announcement of this grant will take place on September 24, along with the Praemium Imperiale announcement in Berlin. Last year the award went to the Italian Youth Orchestra to assist their efforts to help young musicians.
In the years since its inauguration, the Grant for Young Artists has been awarded to West Eastern Divan Orchestra, the State Foundation for the National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela(FESNOJIV),Venezuela;the Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy of Gunma, Japan; Young Sound Forum of Central Europe; the De Sono Associazione per la Music; the European Union Youth Orchestra; the Residence du Festival, France; the Ulster Youth Orchestra; the Instituto Superior de Arte, Cuba; the National Film, Television and Theatre School, Lodz, Poland; and the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music, Vietnam.