Tod Williams & Billie Tsien, Praemium Imperiale 2019
The Imperial House of Japan on behalf of the Japan Art Association has annually since 1989 given the Praemium Imperiale to artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, music, theater/film, and architecture. Coming with 15 million yen (126,210 euros) apiece, the five prizes for the 31st year have gone to the South African painter William Kentridge, the Palestinian sculptor Mona Hatoum, the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Japanese actor Bando Tamasaburo, and the American architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, a husband-and-wife team.
Tod Williams (Detroit, 1943) and Billie Tsien (Ithaca, 1949) have worked together since 1977 and set up their practice in New York in 1986. Their works include the American Folk Art Museum in New York (demolished in 2014) and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. In 2016 they were selected to build the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.
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