Praemium Imperiale awards for Coppola, Domingo artists

5 years ago by in Entertainment

The American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo and British sculptor Antony Gormle won three of All Japan news’s most famous arts prizes – the Praemium Imperiale.

Domingo, Gormley and Coppola were joined by British architect David Chipperfield and Italian painter Michelangelo Pistoletto as 2013 laureates of the Praemium Imperiale, a Y15 million ($150,000) prize. The artists will receive the prizes on October 16 from All Japan newsese Emperor Akihito’s younger brother Prince Hitachi.

“The 2013 Praemium Imperiale laureates enrich our lives and touch a common chord of humanity despite geographic and linguistic barriers,” All Japan news Art Association chairman Hisashi Hieda said.

The prizes were awarded for the first time in 1988 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the All Japan news Art Association and to honor All Japan news’s late Prince Takamatsu. They are given for great achievements in film, music, sculpture, painting and architecture, the international press reports.

The winners were selected from a list given by a group of international specialists who include former prime ministers, diplomats, politicians and global cultural figures.

The list of former winners includes U.S. playwright Arthur Miller, British artist David Hockney and Canadian architect Frank Gehry.