African Vibe: Youssou N’Dour Sings Songs of Hope at Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards Reception

  The awards ceremony for the so-called “Nobel Prize of Arts”—the 29th Præmium Imperiale International Arts Award in honor of Prince Takamatsu—was held on Wednesday, October 18th, at the Meiji Kinenkan (Moto-Akasaka, Tokyo), in the presence of His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi.   This year’s awards feature two African laureates, Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour and […]

Honor and Responsibility: 2017 Laureates on What the Præmium Imperiale Means to Them

The laureates and international advisors of the 29th The Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards held a press conference on Tuesday, October 17, at the Hotel Okura Tokyo in Toranomon, ahead of the awards ceremony.   Awardees from five divisions, who were set to be honored in an October 18th dinner, were present: Iranian-American artist Shirin […]

2017 Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards Winners Announced in New York

The Japan Art Association on Tuesday, September 12, formally announced 5 recipients of the 29th prestigious Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards at the Juilliard School in New York City. The awardees for 2017 are: *Dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov *Afro-Pop superstar Youssou N’Dour *Architect Rafael Moneo *Visual artist Shirin Neshat *Visual artist El Anatsui Each […]