Praemium Imperiale an Vija Celmins


Congratulations to Vija Celmins for winning the Praemium Imperiale! The »Nobel Prize in Art« is considered one of the most important international prizes and is awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. The Hamburg Kunsthalle recently presented the artist Vija Celmins (*1938) to a European audience in a major exhibition. The exhibition »Vija Celmins | Gerhard Richter. Double Vision« brought Vija Celmins and Gerhard Richter into an exciting dialogue (12 May - 27 August 2023) and was praised by the press as »a stroke of luck« (FAZ).

Praemium Imperiale, an international art prize awarded annually since 1989 by the Japan Art Association in Tokyo. The prize is awarded in five areas: architecture, music, painting, sculpture and theater/film. It is considered one of the highest honors in art. The Japanese Art Association was founded in 1879 under the name Ryuchikai with the support of the Japanese Imperial Family with the aim of reviving and promoting the art of Japan, especially abroad. The Praemium Imperiale was founded in honor of Japan's Prince Takamatsu, the association's long-time governor (1929-87), who was deeply committed to the global art community. The award winners are selected by five nomination committees, each led by an international consultant. At a ceremony in Tokyo, the winners receive a medal, a certificate and prize money of approximately €95,000 from the governor of the association.

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