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THE PRAEMIUM IMPERIALE Coronavirus Pandemic Response

17 June 2020

Due to the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Japan Art Association has decided not to hold the 32nd Praemium Imperiale Awards Announcement in September and Awards Ceremony in October this year. Instead, they will be held in September and October 2021, respectively.

This decision reflects the widely-held concern that the current indications are that it is likely that the world will still be in turmoil in September and October as a result of the pandemic. In these circumstances, the Japan Art Association does not feel that it would be appropriate to gather their International Advisors, laureates and distinguished guests in Tokyo; everyone’s safety is of paramount importance.

Hopefully, by Fall 2021 the world will have recovered from the global crisis and overcome the threat of the coronavirus. We hope that the Praemium Imperiale events will provide welcome opportunities for the celebration of the central role of the Arts in our lives; important for healing and uniting the people of the world, transcending national boundaries and differences of race and language.

The 33rd Praemium Imperiale Awards Announcement and Awards Ceremony will be held in 2022.