Susumu Shingu (1937) is known for creating sculptures that move by the wind. Shingu matriculated at the University of Fine Arts in Tokyo in 1956, with a concentration in oil painting. A bursary from the Italian government followed, allowing him to travel to Italy where his intention was to study figurative painting. He attended the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma from 1960 to 1962. Although originally trained as a painter, Shingu became interested in sculpture when he saw one of his shaped canvases turning softly in the wind. The work that followed relied on natural forces to make it move or make sound, and he began using more sophisticated materials for outdoor works. He has been making sculptures that move by the natural energies of wind and water all over the world since then. His work walks the fine line between complementing nature and being an integral part of it. The pieces, though large, colorful, and usually made of modern materials, adopt natures rhythms in their movement. An open-air sculpture garden, the 3000-sq.-meter Susumu Shingu Wind Museum was established in Santa, Japan in 2012. 

Artist timeline

1937       Born in Osaka, Japan

1960       Graduated from Tokyo University of Arts with a major in oil painting under Ryohei 

                Koiso 

                Awarded scholarship by Italian government to study in Rome

1960

    -62      Studied oil painting under Franco Gentilini at Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma

1966       First showing of three-dimensional sculptures at Galleria Blu, Milan 

                Returned to Japan

1967       Ube Open-Air Art Museum prize at 2nd Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Show

1968       One of eight sculptors chosen to exhibit works at EXPO '70 Osaka

1971

    -72      Visiting Artist, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 

                Cambridge, Massachusetts

1979       4th Isoya Yoshida Prize. Prizes from National Museum of Art, Osaka, and Hyogo 

                Prefectural Museum of Modern Art at 8th Contemporary Japanese Sculpture 

                Show

1980       8th Outdoor Sculpture Prize of Nagano City

1986       Yokohama Biennale '86 Sculpture Exhibition grand prize and 18th Japan Grand 

                Prix of Art

1988       Invited to International Open-Air Sculpture Symposium to create a sculpture at 

                Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea

1995       Osaka Art Award 

1997       25th Outdoor Sculpture Prize of Nagano City

1998       Stage setting for “Issey Miyake Paris Collection spring-summer 1999”

2002       Mainichi Art Award for his Wind Caravan activities 

                Won the Medal with Purple Ribbon for his artistic activities

2003       The Grand prize at the 20th Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture 

                Show

2005       Created a sculpture for Jirí Kylián's dance program, "Toss of a Dice," with 

                Nederlands Dans Theater I in The Hague, The Netherlands

2007       Awarded the prestigious ENKU award in Japan

 

selected group exhibitions

2000       Exhibited in Vision on Water in The Hague, The Netherlands

1999       Exhibited in Champs de la Sculpture 2000 on Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris

1998       Exhibited a sculpture at EXPO'98 Lisbon, Portugal

1997       Spectacle show, "Cat's Cradle of the Stars," Saitama Arts Theater

1994       Outdoor spectacle show, Kippis and His Friends, Aono Dam Park, Sanda. Japan

1989       Windcircus, World Design Exhibition'89 in Nagoya

1988       Windcircus, exhibited in the United States, World Trade Center in New York, 

                Heritage State Park in Fall River, Massachusetts, Grand Park in Chicago, Esplanade 

                in Boston and Wilshire Federal Building in Los Angeles. USA

1987       Traveling outdoor exhibition, Windcircus, exhibited in Bremen, Germany, Parc de 

                L'Espanya Industrial in Barcelona, Spain, Villa Demidoff-Parco di Pratolino in 

                Florence, Italy, and Mukkula Camping Site in Lahti, Finland

1983       Exhibited in Seven Sculptors at Harvard, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard 

                University

1981       Exhibited in Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Art, Seoul, South Korea

selected SOLO exhibitions

2009       Susumu Shingu - Planet of Wind and Water, Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris France

2008       Espace Collectivités au Bourget, Paris, France

2006       Sculptures du Respir, Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris

2001       Wind Caravan on the frozen Lake Inari in the Arctic Circle of Finland, on the rocky 

                hill of Tamdaght, Ouarzazate in Morocco, on the steppe of Undur Dov in 

                Mongolia and on the dunes of Cumbuco, Ceará in Brazil

2001       Encounter with Nature at Maison Hermès in Tokyo, Japan

2001       Glasgow School of Art and Podium Gallery at Glasgow School of Architecture, 

                Scotland

2000       Wind Caravan in the rice paddies in Sanda, Hyogo, Japan and on an Motukorea 

                Island in Auckland, New Zealand

1997       Maquettes of Wind Sculptures, Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo

1991       Aria Acqua Luce, Loggia della Mercanzia, Genova, Italy

1984       Breathing Sculptures, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art

1973       Wind and Water Sculptures, PepsiCo Purchase, N.Y., USA

1967       Wind Structures, Shoho Gallery, Osaka and Hibiya Park, Tokyo

 

Literature

2008       Shingu. (Découvrons L'Art), Bernard Vasseur. Edition Cercle d'Art, Paris, France

2006       Shingu. Pater Buchanan, Renzo Piano, Jirí Kylián and Yusuke Nakahara. Edition 

                Cercle d'Art, Paris, France

2006       Les Petits Oiseaux. Gallimard Jeunesse, Paris

2004       When You Turn on the Faucet (« Little Children's Science Companion », No 25) 

                Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc.

2004       Wind Planet. Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc.

2003       Wind Caravan. Brain Center Inc.

2002       Wind Traveler ( Kase-no-Tabibito). Fuso Publishing Inc.

1999       Little Pond, Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc.

1997       Shingu : Message from Nature. Renzo Piano, Pierre Restany and Susumu Shingu. 

                Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, USA.

1994       Shingu Principal Works, 1991 - 1994. Susumu Shingu.

1994       Kippis's Earth Journey (« A World of Wonders », No. 111) Fukuinkan Shoten 

                Publishers, Inc.

1991       Whale Shark. Fuso Publishing Inc.

1991       Shingu : Rhythm of Nature. Rudolf Arnheim and Yusuke Nakahara, BrainCenter 

                Inc., Osaka, Japan.

1989       Windcircus. Shinchosca Inc.

1983       Wind and Water. Susumu Shingu.

1983       Dialogue with Nature : Susumu Shingu. Louis J. Bakanowsky, Process Architecture 

                Publishing Co, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.

1979       Spider. Bunka Publishing Bureau.

1975       Strawberries. Bunka Publishing Bureau.

1973       Shingu. Edward F. Fry and Takahiko Okada. Harry N. Abrams, New York, USA.