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Praemium Imperiale Artistic Award for Wim Wenders and Ai Weiwei

Praemium Imperiale Artistic Award for Wim Wenders and Ai Weiwei

Director Wim Wenders received the Premium Imperial Cultural Award. This year’s winners also include Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Italian painter Giulio Paolini, Polish pianist Christian Zimmermann and Japanese architecture firm Sana, which received the Pritzker Prize in 2010. Organizers announced this Thursday in Berlin.

The Praemium Imperiale is awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. The value of the award is approximately 110,000 euros. It has been awarded since 1989 at the suggestion of the Japanese imperial family in memory of Prince Takamatsu (1905-1987).

Paris, Texas, toilets, Tokyo

Wenders has directed films such as Paris, Texas, Buena Vista Social Club, and Sky Over Berlin. He became world famous in the 1970s as one of the pioneers of the new German cinema and one of the most important representatives of contemporary cinema. The Japan Art Society has recognized not only his feature films and documentaries, but also his photo exhibitions, monographs, film books and collections of essays. Wenders is currently making a film about the “Tokyo Toilet” project, where famous architects are renovating and redesigning public toilets in an urban space in Tokyo.

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