2011 Praemium Imperiale INTERNATIONAL ART AWARDS
PRESENTED IN TOKYO
His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi Greets Actress Judi Dench and Fellow Laureates
On Wednesday, October 19, His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Association, presented the Praemium Imperiale art awards at a formal ceremony in Tokyo to an esteemed class of Laureates who have shown extraordinary achievement in the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and theatre/film. Academy and Tony Award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench and her four fellow Laureates were on hand to receive their specially-designed gold medals and testimonial letters from Prince Hitachi. Carrying prizes of 15 million yen (approximately $195,000) each, the awards recognize lifetime achievement in the arts in categories not covered by the Nobel Prizes.
The 2011 Praemium Imperiale Laureates are:
Bill Viola Painting USA
Anish Kapoor Sculpture UK
Ricardo Legorreta Architecture Mexico
Seiji Ozawa Music Japan
Judi Dench Theatre/Film UK
The co-recipientsof the annual Grant for Young Artists award (presented in July) were The Royal Court Young Writers Programme and Southbank Sinfonia Each group received 2.5 million yen (approximately $30,000) to support their goals of nurturing the involvement of young people in the arts.