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Tuesday, 12th July 2011
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'Japan's Nobel Prize' honours Judi Dench and Anish Kapoor

Actress Dame Judi Dench and artist Anish Kapoor have been honoured at the awards ceremony of the Praemium Imperiale, widely seen as Japan's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

The Notes on a Scandal actress was awarded the prize for Film and Theatre, while Kapoor picked up the gong for sculpture.

Other winners of the awards, awarded since 1989 by the imperial family of Japan, were Ricardo Legorreta - who picked up the prize for architecture - and the conductor Seiji Ozawa, who won the music award.

Surprisingly, it was a video artist - New York-based Bill Viola - who picked up the award in the painting category.

Previous winners of the painting prize have been Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, David Hockney and Cy Twombly, who died last week in Rome.

Each winner receives a gold medal from the Japan Art Association and a cash prize of 15 million yen (or £118,000).

Written by Susan Ballion