After earning his diploma at the University of the Arts in Tokyo in 1960, Susumu Shingu studied painting at the Academy des Beaux-Arts in Rome between 1960 and 1962.
Painter, sculptor and nature philosopher, the artist soon dedicated himself to sculpture and movement. Working with the natural elements aswind, water and gravity, Susumu Shingu also uses the means of high technology of his time to create works in harmony with the secret rhythmof the planet. Hi has regularly collaborated with the greatest talents of his era, such as Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, Issey Miyake, Jiři Kilián, …
Monumental sculptures of Susumu Shingu have been installed throughout the world since the last 40 years. Made of 21 sculptures, the Wind Caravan, created in 2000, traveled to 6 of the most isolated places on the planet, renowned for their extreme and windy climates. The great work of his life Breathing Earth, renamed today Atelier Earth, is the project of the creation of a self-sufficient utopian village, which would depend only on natural energies such as wind, water and sun.
A first exhibition “Sculptures du respir”, was dedicated to him at the gallery in 2006, followed by “Planet of Wind and Water” in 2009 and “au-delà du temps” en 2012. In october, on the occasion of “Hors les murs FIAC” in Paris, the sculpture Sinfonietta of Light, is installed in the large pond of Jardin des Tuileries.
On June 21, 2014, the “Susumu Shingu Wind Museum” was inaugurated by Tadao Ando in Arimafuji Park in Sanda, near Osaka in Japan : this open-air museum hosts 12 animated sculptures by Susumu Shingu. A restrospective of his work openedin Kobé at the same time, and traveledin 2016 toseveral museumsin Japan.
In 2015, one of Susumu Shingu’s major works was presented on the occasion of the “Quinte-Essence” exhibition celebrating the gallery’s 90th year of activity.
In 2017, the artist was invited to participate in a group show at the Gaasbeek Castle in Belgium,on the occasion of the collective exhibition “Kairos Castle”.
The exhibition “De nature en sculpture” will follow at the Villa Datris Foundation in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgues (France), which features one of the artist’s mobile sculptures.
A work by Susumu Shingu was also presented during the exhibition “Passion de l’Art – Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger depuis 1925”, the first retrospective dedicatedto the gallery, at the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence.
The exhibition “Artes e Letras: as edições da Galeria Jeanne Bucher Jaeger” will follow at the Árpád Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, dedicated to the important editorial activity of the gallery from 1925 untiltoday, andwhere works by the artist were shown.
In 2017, Susumu Shingu’s artworks feature in the exhibitions “Corps et Ames” and “Whispers to the Earth”, organized by the gallery.
Three sculptures by the artist are installed in the Cultural Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano.
In 2018, simultaneously to the exhibition “Cosmos” at the gallery, MUDAM, museum of modern art in Luxembourg, organized a solo show of Susumu Shingu entitled “SPACESHIP”.
On the occasion of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Château de Chambord as well as the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, Susumu Shingu was invited in October 2019 by the Domaine National de Chambord to have a large personal exhibition entitled “Susumu Shingu, a utopia of today”. Among the preparatory drawings and photographs of the site, features the model of the utopian village Atelier Earth, designed by the artist and which will soon be inauguratedin the Arimafuji Park in Sanda, Japan. Mobile sculptures are presented in another room, along with the artist’s drawings and notebooks. Several works are also displayed outside the chateau, including the yellow wings of the Wind Caravan and a magnificent floating sculpture on the canal in front of the castle.