2003 Prince Claus Prize goes to Chinese author
This year the Prince Claus Prize goes to Wang Shixiang (China,
1914) for his pioneering research into Chinese handicrafts. According
to the Fund, with his publications about handicrafts the author
has mapped out an important aspect of the national legacy. The Fund
also praises him for the collection of Chinese furniture he has
assembled, which is on display at the Shanghai Museum.
(1914, PR China)
On Wednesday 10 December 2003 the 2003 Prince Claus Prizes will
be presented in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. However, because
of his advanced age, Wang Shixiang will be presented the prize on
3 December at the Dutch embassy in Peking, and not during the ceremony
in the Royal Palace.
The Prince Claus Prizes are awarded annually to artists, intellectuals
and cultural organisations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin
America, for extraordinary achievement in the area of culture and
This year the theme was the development and innovation of handicrafts,
with new visions regarding traditional techniques and handicrafts
as the focal point. In addition to the first prize, ten Prince Claus
Laureate prizes of 25,000 euros each are also being awarded.