Biography of Susumu Shingu

Susumu Shingu
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

Solo show, “Wind Structures,” Shoho Gallery, Osaka and Hibiya Park, Tokyo.

Ube Open-Air Art Museum prize at 2nd Contemporary Japanese SculptureShow.

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.

1973

Solo outdoor show, “Wind and Water Sculptures,” PepsiCo, Purchase, N.Y.

1979

4th Isoya Yoshida Prize.

Prizes from National Museum of Art, Osaka, and Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art at 8th Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Show.

Solo show at Asahi Gallery, Kyoto.

1980

8th Outdoor Sculpture Prize of Nagano City.

1984

Solo show, “Breathing Sculptures,” Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art.

1986

Yokohama Biennale '86 Sculpture Exhibition grand prize and 18th Japan Grand Prix of Art.

1987

Traveling outdoor exhibition, “Windcircus” exhibited in Bremen, Germany, Barcelona, Spain, Florence, Italy, and Lahti, Finland.

1988

Invited to International Open-Air Sculpture Symposium to create a sculpture at Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea.

“Windcircus” exhibited in the United States in New York, Fall River, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles.

1989

Special prize 6th Henry Moore Grand Prize Exhibition, Utsukushi-ga- hara Open-Air Museum.

1991

Solo show, “Aria Acqua Luce,” Loggia della Mercanzia, Genova, Italy.

1994

Outdoor spectacle show, “Kippis and His Friends,” Aono Dam Park, Sanda.

Hyogo Prefectural Cultural Award and Ube Open-Air Art Museum prize at 14th Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Suma Garden.

1995

Osaka Art Award.

1997

Solo show, “The World of Susumu Shingu,” Saitama Arts Theater, Saitama Prefecture.

Spectacle show, “Cat's Cradle of the Stars,” Saitama Arts Theater.

25th Outdoor Sculpture Prize of Nagano City.

1998

Exhibited a sculpture at EXPO'98 Lisboa.

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

1999

Exhibited in “Champs de la Sculpture 2000” on Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris.

2000

Exhibited in “Vision on Water” in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Traveling outdoor exhibition “Wind Caravan” in rice paddies in Sanda, Hyogo, Japan and in an uninhabited island, Motukorea, in New Zealand.

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.

Solo show, “Encounter with Nature” at Maison Hermès in Tokyo.

Solo show at Glasgow School of Art and Podium Gallery at Glasgow School of Architecture.

2002

Special prize of 43rd Mainichi Art Award for his Wind Caravan activities.

Medal with Purple Ribbon for his artistic activities.

2003

The grand prize at the 20th Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Show.

2005

Stage setting for Jirí Kylián's dance program, “Toss of a Dice,” with Nederlands Dans Theater I in The Hague, The Netherlands.

2006

Solo show, “Sculptures du respir,” Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris.

2007

4th Enku Grand Award.

2009

Solo show, “Planet of Wind and Water,” at Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris.

2010

The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.

2011

Open-air exhibit and workshops, “Atelier in the Rice Paddies,” Sanda, Japan.

Solo show, “Little Planet,” T's Gallery and Yamaki Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan.

2012

Art project, “Genki Caravan Yuriage,” in Yuriage, Natori, Miyagi to send wishes and prayers of hope.

Solo show, “Beyond Time,” at Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris.

Exhibited a sculpture in the basin of the Tuileries Garden in Paris as one of the outdoor exhibits of FIAC.

Documentary film “Breathing Earth – Susumu Shingu's Dream” by Thomas Riedelsheimer.

2013

Solo show, “Little Cosmos,” Tanimatsuya Toda gallery and Yamaki Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan.

2014

Inauguration of “Susumu Shingu WIND MUSEUM,” open-air sculpture garden of 12 wind sculptures by Susumu Shingu, Arimafuji Park, Sanda, Hyogo.

Special Exhibit, Susumu Shingu – “Playing on This Planet” at Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art.

2015

Open-air performances "Noh of the Wind" and "Jazz of the Wind" at Susumu Shingu WIND MUSEUM.

2016

Open-air performances "Strawberry Express" and "Jazz of the Wind Vol.2" at Susumu Shingu WIND MUSEUM.

Traveling solo show, "Susumu Shingu – SPACESHIP," Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, Nagasaki and Yokosuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa.

2017

Traveling solo show, "Susumu Shingu – SPACESHIP," Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo.

Open-air performance "Noh of the Wind II" at Susumu Shingu WIND MUSEUM.

2018

“ATELIER EARTH” Commemorative project of 150th Anniversary of Hyogo Prefecture“Message to the Future” Dialogue: Genjiro Okura x Susumu Shingu

Open-air performances "Jazz of the Wind Vol.4" and "Concert of the Wind" at Susumu Shingu WIND MUSEUM.

Solo show, "Cosmos – Susumu Shingu," Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, Paris.

Solo show, "Susumu Shingu – SPACESHIP," Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

2019

“ATELIER EARTH” Commemorative project of 150th Anniversary of Hyogo Prefecture“Message to the Future” Dialogue: Keiko Nakamura x Susumu Shingu

Open-air performance "Noh of the Wind III" at Susumu Shingu WIND MUSEUM.

Solo show, “Susumu Shingu, une utopia d'aujourd'hui,” at Domaine National de Chambord, France from October 6, 2019 to March 15, 2020.

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