Wolf Prize in Arts


The Wolf Prize in Arts is awarded annually by the not-for-profit Wolf Foundation in Israel. It is one of the six Wolf Prizes established by the Foundation, and has been awarded since 1981; the others are in Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine and Physics, awarded since 1978. The Prize rotates annually among painting, music, architecture and sculpture.




Year Field Laureate(s) Country
1981 Painting Marc Chagall
Antoni Tàpies
  Russian Empire /   France
1982 Music Vladimir Horowitz
Olivier Messiaen
Josef Tal
  Russian Empire /   United States
1983/4 Architecture Ralph Erskine   United Kingdom /   Sweden
1984/5 Sculpture Eduardo Chillida   Spain
1986 Painting Jasper Johns   United States
1987 Music Isaac Stern
Krzysztof Penderecki
  United States
1988 Architecture Fumihiko Maki
Giancarlo De Carlo
1989 Sculpture Claes Oldenburg   Sweden /   United States
1990 Painting Anselm Kiefer   Germany
1991 Music Yehudi Menuhin
Luciano Berio
  United States /   United Kingdom
1992 Architecture Frank Gehry
Jørn Utzon
Denys Lasdun
  Canada /   United States
  United Kingdom
1993 Sculpture Bruce Nauman   United States
1994/5 Painting Gerhard Richter   Germany
1995/6 Music Zubin Mehta
György Ligeti
1996/7 Architecture Frei Otto
Aldo van Eyck
1998 Sculpture James Turrell   United States
1999 Painting Not awarded
2000 Music Pierre Boulez
Riccardo Muti
2001 Architecture Álvaro Siza   Portugal
2002 Sculpture Not awarded
2002/3 Painting Louise Bourgeois   France /   United States
2004 Music Mstislav Rostropovich
Daniel Barenboim
  Argentina /   Israel
2005 Architecture Jean Nouvel   France
2006 Sculpture Not awarded
2006/7 Painting Michelangelo Pistoletto   Italy
2008 Music Giya Kancheli
Claudio Abbado
2010 Architecture David Chipperfield
Peter Eisenman
  United Kingdom
  United States
2011 Painting Rosemarie Trockel   Germany
2012 Music Plácido Domingo
Simon Rattle
  United Kingdom
2013 Architecture Eduardo Souto de Moura   Portugal
2014 Sculpture Olafur Eliasson   Denmark
2015 Music Jessye Norman
Murray Perahia
  United States
  United States
2016 Architecture Phyllis Lambert   Canada
2017 Painting / Sculpture Laurie Anderson
Lawrence Weiner
  United States
  United States
2018 Music Paul McCartney
Ádám Fischer
  United Kingdom
2019 Architecture Moshe Safdie   Israel
2020 Painting / Sculpture Cindy Sherman   United States
2021 Music Stevie Wonder
Olga Neuwirth
  United States
2022 Architecture Elizabeth Diller
Momoyo Kaijima
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
  United States
2023 Sculpture Fujiko Nakaya
Richard Long
  United Kingdom
2024 Music György Kurtág   Romania /   Hungary

Laureates per country


Below is a chart of all laureates per country (updated to 2024 laureates). Some laureates are counted more than once if they have multiple citizenships.

Country Number of laureates
  United States 17
  United Kingdom 7
  France 5
  Italy 5
  Japan 4
  Germany 4
  Israel 3
  Hungary 3
  Russia 3
  Spain 3
  Sweden 2
  Portugal 2
  Austria 2
  Denmark 2
  Canada 2
  India 1
  Argentina 1
  Poland 1
  Netherlands 1
  Georgia 1
  Romania 1

Notes and references

  1. ^ "The Wolf Prize". Wolf Foundation. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
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