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Wolfgang Laib, Tadanori Yokoo Among Winners of 2015 Praemium Imperiale Awards

German sculptor Wolfgang Laib, graphic designer and artist Tadanori Yokoo, and Dominique Perrault, the French architect, are among this year’s winners of the 2015 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award. Pianist Mitsuko Uchida and ballerina Sylvie Guillem are also being honored.

Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi will give each winner approximately $122,000 alongside a gold medal and testimonial letter at a ceremony in October.

Winners are chosen by the Japan Art Association, and nominated by advisors based in the United States, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The former president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, William Luers, leads the nominating committee in America.

Now in its twenty-seventh year, the award in previous years has recognized cultural figures including Ingmar Bergman, Frank Gehry, Jean-Luc Godard, David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Akira Kurosawa, Renzo Piano, and Robert Rauschenberg.

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