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Chipperfield bags £100k Praemium Imperiale

David Chipperfield has won the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale for Architecture - hailed as the cultural ‘Nobel Prize’

Previous winners of the world-famous accolade, which remains the richest award in architecture, include British architects Zaha Hadid (2009), Norman Foster (2002), Richard Rogers (2000) and James Stirling (1990) as well as global stars Peter Zumthor (2008) and Kenzo Tange (1993).

Chipperfield is joined by fellow UK laureate Antony Gormley who took the Praemium Imperiale for sculpture. The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola meanwhile won this year’s accolade for film and theatre.

2013 Praemium Imperiale laureates

Painting: Michelangelo Pistoletto
Sculpture: Antony Gormley
Architecture: David Chipperfield
Music: Plácido Domingo
Theatre/Film: Francis Ford Coppola

The winners will each receive £100,000 from the prestigious art association’s honorary patron, Hitachi-no-miya Masahito Shinnō – younger brother of the present Emperor of Japan – at a ceremony in October.

Praemium Imperiale Awards international adviser Chris Patten said: ‘Every year we are delighted to honour five more remarkable artists but it is particularly gratifying to have British Sculpture and Architecture so well represented in this 25th anniversary year.’

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  • I send congratulations to both Antony Gormley and David Chipperfield whose work I greatly admire , I think it is very appropriate that they should honoured together in the same year .
    John Meagher .

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