Praemium Imperiale Winners include Pistoletto, Gormley, Chipperfield



The Japan Art Association has announced the winners of the 25th annual Praemium Imperiale awards: Italy’s Michelangelo Pistoletto in the category of painting, the UK’s Antony Gormley for sculpture, Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo for music, American director Francis Ford Coppola for theatre/film, and the UK’s David Chipperfield for architecture.

Each of the winners will receive roughly $150,000, the largest prize awarded in the arts. Since its creation in 1989, the Praemium Imperiale has recognized lifetime achievement in areas of the arts that the Nobel Prize does not cover. The recipients are selected from five candidates proposed in each field by a nomination committee. Past winners have included Gae Aulenti, Ingmar Bergman, Frank Gehry, David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Renzo Piano and Robert Rauschenberg.

The awards will be presented in a ceremony in Tokyo on Oct. 16.