Exhibition : Susumu Shingu

Exhibition in Chambord of the works of the Japanese artist Susumu Shingu during the 500th anniversary of the beginning of château construction is anything but a coincidence:

  • Having spent 6 years in Rome studying Renaissance Italy, the artist has come to Chambord several times, and is altogether familiar with the site.
  • For him, Leonardo da Vinci is a tutelary figure who, by his own admission, has appeared in his life at several key turning points.
  • Just like Leonardo da Vinci, he constantly uses notebooks in which he fleshes out numerous and diversified ideas (texts and drawings) pertaining to art or mechanics and consisting in quick sketches or painstakingly rendered project details.
  • As with Leonardo, the notebooks movingly and compellingly attest to a perennial questing.
  • During an anniversary year bearing the signature of utopia, Susumu Shingu has constructed in Japan a utopian village, and the principles he has elaborated (conception, designs, model..) will premier in Chambord.
  • Outdoors: A group of 21 Wind Caravan sculptures + a sculpture floating on the canal, in the axis of the French garden; indoors, 8 suspended sculptures, the modeled utopian village, notebooks, drawings, books, films dedicated to the artist.
    Inside as well as outside (garden and courtyard) the château, the exhibition will afford visitors to Chambord with an opportunity to discover one of today’s most prominent Japanese sculptors

Born in 1937, Susumu Shingu is currently considered as one of the most important artists on the Japanese scene. Through multiple exhibitions in Asia (Japan, Taiwan, Korea) and also in the United States and Europe (most notably in France, Italy and Luxemburg), he has achieved ever-growing prominence and had his work admitted to prestigious public and private collections. Trained in painting for six years in Rome, Susumu Shingu subsequently engaged in work bringing into play the natural elements : water, wind, gravity… His sculptures are set into motion by flows, poetic incarnations of a world in which the artistic gesture unveils natural energy by reenchanting the space in which they appear. So it is that in Sanda, near Osaka, Japan, the artist created the “Susumu Shingu Wind Museum”, a vast natural space in which his sculptures dance with the wind, revealing the usually invisible presence of the surrounding air. Initially drawn, his sculptures later become small-scale models, prior to being constructed on a larger scale in accordance with a highly precise technique. The obvious ecological dimension of his work is perfectly echoed in an estate likewise dedicated to nature; in 2019; its relevance to Chambord is exceptionally pronounced. As a mechanical engineer obsessed with natural flow and perpetual motion, and as a drafter constantly attending to his notebooks, Susumu Shingu is in some way troublesomely analogous to Leonardo da Vinci. What is more, for several years he has been designing a utopian village dedicated to the arts, in which artists would be called upon to work together; concretely speaking, he has drawn up plans and created functions by virtue of a utopian dimension that resonates with the “utopia at work” represented by Chambord. And it so happens that earlier in 2019, the project for this village was officially announced by the governor of Hyogo, in the region of Kobé. In Chambord, the exhibition will display the model for the village along with preparatory drawings, photographs of the site and sculptures suspended to the ceiling that will permit the spectator to delve into a dreamlike yet perfectly organized universe. Outside the château, several works including a magnificent sculpture floating on the canal will underscore Shingu’s kinship with the Florentine master and highlight the captivating energy of work attuned to the environing world. The exhibition will be organized with the kind support of Jeanne Bucher Jaeger Galler, Paris.