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Giuseppe Penone and Steven Holl among winners of top Japanese art prize

Praemium Imperiale Awards given annually to artists and arts organisations for lifetime achievement

Penone exhibited his work last year at the Chateau de Versailles. © Manuel Lagos Cid

The sculptor Giuseppe Penone, the painter Martial Raysse and the architect Steven Holl are among the winners of the Japan Art Association’s 2014 Praemium Imperiale Awards. The winners are due to receive a gold medal and ¥15m (around €108,000) each at an awards ceremony in Tokyo in October.

Other winners of this year’s award, given annually to artists and arts organisations in a variety of fields for lifetime achievement, are the Estonian musician Arvo Pärt, the South African film-maker and playwright Athol Fugard and the Zinsou Foundation in Benin, which supports contemporary African art. Previous winners of the prestigious award include the artists David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Anthony Caro and Antony Gormley.

Penone, whose sculptures incorporate natural elements such as wood and tree branches, exhibited his work last year at the Chateau de Versailles. Raysse, who is best known for his brightly coloured, Pop-inspired paintings, is the subject of a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (until 22 September).

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