Japan Art Association Names 2010 Praemium Imperiale Laureates

Oscar Winning Actress Sophia Loren Honored in Theater/Film Category

NEW YORK--()--The 2010 winners of the prestigious Praemium Imperiale arts awards, announced today by the Japan Art Association at the Nippon Press Center Building in Tokyo, include Academy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning actress Sophia Loren as well as fellow Italians, artist Enrico Castellani and pianist Maurizio Pollini. Carrying prizes of 15 million yen (approximately $169,000) each, the awards recognize lifetime achievement in the arts in categories not covered by the Nobel Prizes.

The 2010 Praemium Imperiale Laureates are:

Enrico Castellani

    Painting     Italy

Rebecca Horn

Sculpture Germany

Toyo Ito

Architecture Japan

Maurizio Pollini

Music Italy

Sophia Loren

Theatre/Film Italy

The Japan Art Association also named the Asian Youth Orchestra winner of its annual Grant for Young Artists award. The award of 5 million yen (approximately $56,000) is presented to a group or institution that encourages the involvement of young people in the arts.

Praemium Imperiale candidates are nominated by a distinguished panel of International Advisors and selected by the Japan Art Association. William H. Luers, the American Advisor, said, “We are honored to recognize this year’s distinguished group of Praemium Imperiale Laureates. This illustrious prize celebrates both their individual excellence and the vital contribution of art in building international pathways of communication, enlightenment and joy.”

Other International Advisors include Lamberto Dini (Italy), François Pinault (France), Christopher Patten (UK), and Yasuhiro Nakasone (Japan). The Japan Art Association also named Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann to succeed the late Dr. Otto Graf Lambsdorff as Germany’s International Advisor. Honorary Advisors are David Rockefeller, Jacques Chirac, Helmut Schmidt, David Rockefeller, Jr., and Richard von Weizsäcker.

The Praemium Imperiale was created in 1988 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Japan Art Association and to honor the late Prince Takamatsu, who served as the association’s honorary patron for 58 years.

For more information on the Japan Art Association and the Praemium Imperiale, including biographies of current and past winners, visit www.praemiumimperiale.org.

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Release Summary

The 2010 winners of the prestigious Praemium Imperiale arts awards were announced today by the Japan Art Association. Among the winners is Academy Award-winning actress Sophia Loren.

Contacts

Linden Alschuler & Kaplan PR
Shannon Lynch, 212-575-4545
slynch@lakpr.com