Iranian wins Japan’s Premium Imperiale

Japan’s prestigious arts award has been given for the first time to an Iranian.

The  visual artist Shirin Neshat, who staged Aida in Salzburg this summer, is among five recipients announced today.


The others are the dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, the world music performer Youssou N’Dour, the Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui and the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.

The prize is worth $136,000 to each of them. The prestige is greater still.


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