The gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of the Japanese artist Susumu Shingu, entitled COSMOS, in an echo of the important retrospective Spaceship that the Mudam Luxembourg—Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean has dedicated to his work from May 18, 2018 to January 6, 2019. This exhibition has been presented in three Japanese museums, and will now be seen for the first time in Europe. It will present, among other works, The Caravan of Wind, an installation of twenty-one sculptures animated by the wind, in the Dräi Eechelen Park.
Following his previous exhibitions at the gallery, Sculptures du respir in 2006, Planet of Wind and Water in 2009, and Beyond Time in 2012, COSMOS presents a selection of the artist’s sculptures from 2006 to 2017, as well as recent collages and paintings, and some of his most exceptional sculptural studies.
Sculptor of wind, water, and gravity, Susumu Shingu has regularly collaborated with the greatest talents of his era, such as Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, Issey Miyake, and Jiři Kilián. Throughout the years, he has refined the materials of his sculptures, favoring high-tech materials that grasp the smallest breeze… to create works in harmony with the secret rhythms of our planet.
The art of Susumu Shingu could not exist without wind. His elegant sculptures are animated by the smallest movement of the air, and reveal the intangible but omnipresent existence of breath. This “atmospheric” material, which he makes visible and sculpts, underlines his relationship with the world, his ecological consciousness. His entire oeuvre is underpinned by his harmonious research of the rhythms and infinite vibrations of nature, and by a force that is most fundamental to our planet : gravity. Without gravity, Susumu’s sculptures cannot blossom, as they are inseparable from their movement. After having travelled throughout the world with his sculptures, Susumu Shingu recently created his Museum of the Wind with 12 water and wind sculptures in the Arimafuji Park near Osaka, Japan. Currently, his energy is entirely dedicated to the great work of his life, Breathing Earth, the dream of a society living of the planet’s natural energies.
Saturday, May 26, 4.30pm: exclusive meeting with the artist at the gallery in the Marais, on the occasion of the Paris Gallery Weekend.
The artist will sign his last three books, published by Gallimard Jeunesse in March 2018 : Avec le soleil, Le voyage du vent, and La fraise.
The exhibition COSMOS is part of the associated program Japonismes 2018.