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Praemium Imperiale 2014

Steven Holl


Coming with an endowment of 15 million yen (almost 109,000 euros), the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale has since 1989 been given yearly to five artists in five fields: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music, and Film/Theater. The 2014 laureates are French painter Martial Raysse, Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone, Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, South African playwright Athol Fugard, and the American Steven Holl for Architecture. Born in Washington state in 1947, Holl has built numerous works of varying character all over the world, from the Chapel of St. Ignatius in Seattle or the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki to the recent and ill-fated enlargement of the Glasgow School of Art (see Arquitectura Viva 161).

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