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Williams Tsien, Imperiale

In Praise of the Risk


The Japanese Royal House and the Japan Art Association have given the Praemium Imperiale to the painter William Kentridge, the sculptor Mona Hatoum, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, the actor Bando Tamasaburo, and the US husband-and-wife architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, who have been working together from New York since 1986, always in commitment to the avant-garde and the experimental, as shown in highly exceptional works like the American Folk Art Museum, which unfortunately was demolished a few years ago – to much controversy and outrage – in order to make room for the Museum of Modern Art’s latest expansion, commissioned to Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

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