(Photos from left: Fred Ernst and courtesy Veuve Clicquot)
April is not the cruellest month when you’ve got a Pritzker and projects in progress on most continents. It’s just one more month to collect commissions, continue the epic battle against jetlag, and receive awards. Two recent honors of note: Rem Koolhaas is this year’s recipient of the Dutch state prize for the arts, the Johannes Vermeer Award, while Zaha Hadid has been declared the the winner of the 41st Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, an honor that we hope comes with a lifetime supply of bubbly.
Koolhaas will receive the Johannes Vermeer Award, a €100,000 prize that is mainly to be used for the realization of a special project, at an October 21 ceremony at the recently reopened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Past winners of the award, established in 2008 to honor artists working in the Netherlands and across all disciplines, include photographer Erwin Olaf and artist Marlene Dumas.
Meanwhile, over in London, Hadid–that’s “Dame Zaha” to you–bested fellow finalists Thea Green (Nails Inc.) and Dorothy Thompson (Drax) to win the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, which honors successful businesswomen who share the qualities of the savvy Madame Clicquot, known for her enterprising spirit, courage, and determination, according to the company.
“When I started my career in architecture it was very much a male dominated industry, but in recent years I’ve seen a growing number of talented female architects join the profession and succeed,” said Hadid in accepting the award, which includes a silver trophy shaped as a La Grande Dame bottle (pictured) and a case of the real stuff. “This Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award shines a light on our achievements; and I hope it encourages more women to continue with the profession.”
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