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Cindy Sherman, Annette Messager, and Paulo Mendes da Rocha Among Winners of the 2016 Praemium Imperiale Award

The 2016 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award has been given to photographer Cindy Sherman, sculptor Annette Messager, architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, and filmmaker Martin Scorsese.

The honor, now in its twenty-eighth year, is regarded as one of the most prestigious prizes in art, architecture, and film. A ceremony is scheduled to take place in Tokyo on October 18, 2016, and the award will be handed to the recipients by His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi, an honorary member of the Japan Art Association, and his wife, Princess Hitachi. Each winner of the Praemium Imperiale will receive a monetary prize of approximately $143,000, along with a medal.

The head of the American nominating committee, William Luers, is a retired American diplomat and ambassador, as well as the former president of the United Nations Association of America and of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Praemium Imperiale, perhaps more than any other award, brings attention to the importance and power of the arts, affirming the ability of creative minds from around the world to move us and make us think,” said Luers.

Honorary advisors for the prize include Jacques Chirac, former president of France; philanthropist David Rockefeller; and art collector François Pinault, founder of the French fashion conglomerate Kering.

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