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Press Releases - GALERIE JAEGER BUCHERSUSUMU SHINGU - Planet of Wind and Water
FROM 15 MAY - 26 SEPTEMBER 2009
The gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculptures by Japanese artist Susumu Shingu. After the success of the first presentation Breathing sculptures, this second show entitled Planet of Wind and Water presents 10 new indoor sculptures of wind and water accompanied by works on paper. The show also introduces the diorama of Breathing Earth, Shinguâ€™s most ambitious art project consisting in the construction of a self-sufficient village living from the natural energies of wind, water and sun, which are the result of Shinguâ€™s knowledge on these natural phenomena acquired over the past 50 years. A travelling exhibition of Breathing Earth will take place before the final choice of its building site. The exhibition will also show a 33 mns film entitled Susumu SHINGU which has been realized for our exhibition by the German director Thomas Riedelsheimer, with interviews of the artist and shots of his worldwide sculptures moving with natural energies. An English/Japanese DVD has been made of this film and is distributed along with the exhibition catalogue.
Born in 1937 in Osaka, Susumu Shingu is a well-respected philosopher and poet of nature and has created numerous animated wind and water sculptures throughout the world. Nature knows no rigid resistance says the artist and if his sculptures reveal the hidden energies of the elements of wind, water and sun, they also move the observer in an idiosyncratic manner, probably because they embody, in consummate beauty, a principle of life. They are moved by the same wind that we feel and allow themselves to be carried by it.
Shingu has had important collaborations with known architects such as Renzo Piano and Tadao Ando, and creators such as Issey Miyake as well as choreographer Jiri Kylian Susumu Shingu dissipates all borders between these artistic disciplines. His most important project before Breathing Earth has been Wind Caravan where the artist took 21 sculptures between 2000 and 2001 in â€śsix characteristic environments of our planetâ€ť in order to observe for a period of 2 months at each site their interaction with nature and their local inhabitants. This one-year project along with his experience with working with natural energies for the past 50 years provide him today with a sound experience of these natural energies which would benefit his new masterpiece Breathing Earth. Breathing Earth is intended as a place of inspiration where artists, scientists as well as children can all exchange together in order to develop fresh ideas based on wind energy so that art can provide impetus for a new and healthier relationship with our planet.
The exhibition will be presented until September 26th. For further information, please contact the gallery.
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