After graduating from the Arts University of Tokyo in 1960, Susumu Shingu studied oil painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome from 1960 to 1962.
A painter, sculptor, researcher and philosopher of nature, the artist progressed towards sculpture and movement. Sculpting wind, water and gravity, Susumu Shingu uses high technologies and the talents of his time to create installations in harmony with the secrets rhythms of the planet. He often collaborates with personalities such as Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, Issey Miyake, Jiři Kilián…
Entirely subjected to the forces of nature, his often-monumental sculptures have been installed around the world for the past 40 years. Wind Caravan, created in 2000, was a travelling installation with 21 sculptures presented in six of the most remote landscapes on Earth, famous for their extreme climate conditions and strong winds. Susumu Shingu’s Magnum Opus, entitled Breathing Earth, is the creation of a utopic and auto-sufficient village that runs with the natural energies of wind, water and sunlight.
A first exhibition, “Sculptures du respir”, was presented at the gallery in 2006, followed by “Planet of Wind and Water” in 2009 and “Beyond Time” in 2012. On June 21st, 2014, the “Susumu Shingu Wind Museum” was inaugurated in the Arimafuji Park of Sanda, near Osaka, Japan. Inaugurated by Tadao Ando, this open-air museum presents 12 moving sculptures by Susumu Shingu. At the same time, a restrospective of his work was organised in Kobé, and then travels in several Japanese museum in 2016.
In 2015, a work by Susumu Shingu is presented at the exhibition “Quinte-Essence”, which celebrates the gallery’s 90 years of activity, and in a large basin of the Jardin des Tuileries as part of “Hors les murs FIAC”.
In 2017, Susumu Shingu is presented at Gaasbeek Castle on the occasion of the group show “Kairos Castle”, in Belgium. He is also presented within the exhibition “De nature en sculpture” at the Villa Datris Foundation in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgues (France). A sculpture by Susumu Shingu is also presented on the occasion of the exhibition “Passion de l’Art – Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger depuis 1925”, first retrospective devoted to the galerie, at Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence (France). Susumu Shingu is also presented at the Árpád Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation in Lisbon (Portugal), at the exhibition “Artes e Letras : as edições da Galeria Jeanne Bucher Jaeger”, devoted to the significant publishing activity of the gallery between 1925 until today.
The gallery presents Susumu Shingu’s works at the exhibitions “Corps et Ames” and “Whispers from the Earth”.
Three sculptures from the artist have been set in the Stavros Niarchos Fondation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece, conceived by Renzo Piano.
In 2018, MUDAM (Luxembourg) organizes a solo exhibition entitled Spaceship. On this occasion, the gallery also highlights Susumu Shingu with a solo exhibition entitled Cosmos and presents a work at the exhibition “Dessins de Sculpteurs”.