Cai Guo-Qiang awarded by Japan’s Praemium Imperiale

One of China’s best-known contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang can add another award to his already impressive resume; Praemium Imperiale Laureate. Along composer Philip Glass, Danish architect Henning Larsen, Japanese ballerina Yoko Morishita and Italien sculptor Cecco Bonanotte, this week Cai was announced as winner of Japan’s Praemium Imperiale, an international art prize sponsored by the Japan Art Association and patronized by the Japanese royal family.
Cai, the first Chinese winner of the award, was cited by the committee for works such as his 2008 “Footprints in the sky”, part of the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympic Games. Most recently Cai showed his latest exhibition “Sky Ladder”, consisting of a gunpowder-charged performance “Mystery Circle” at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

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