Art of Our Time

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu

September 27 ー November 9, 2008

The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Photo:Yasuaki Yoshinaga

Held to commemorate the 20th Praemium Imperiale awards in honor of Prince Takamatsu, this exhibition brought together the past award winners in the painting and sculpture categories. Miyake won the award in the sculpture category in 2005, with the comment that “When his work is viewed from a liberal interpretation of three-dimensional art, there is no reason why his work is not worthy of the award.” For this exhibition, the foundation provided “Colombe” (1991), which was made without use of the traditional dress-making tools – scissors, needles, and thread – and was instead crafted by sculpting a flat piece of material into three-dimensional garments. Viewers were shown the material, cut but not yet formed, and an animated video clip of how the production process works.

The Praemium Imperiale was established in 1989 to honor artists who have contributed significantly to the development of international arts and culture. Awards are given each year for outstanding performance in five categories: painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and theatre/film.


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