About gallery UG

What can you do in the gallery?

gallery UG has grown as a gallery together with artists by discovering and nurturing individual artists. Today, about 30 young artists work for us exclusively and focus not only on two-dimensional works, but also on three-dimensional works, which are considered difficult to handle..
Since the establishment of the gallery in Ginza in 2001, we have carried out various projects in Japan with our own values. In 2011, the gallery was moved to Bakuro-cho, Nihonbashi, and began full-scale operations as the primary gallery.
We actively hold group and individual exhibitions at overseas art fairs and affiliated galleries and brand our exclusive artists to the world. Since 2016, we have been focusing on branding in Japan and disseminating it widely.

Newly opened mega gallery as our flagship gallery on the 2nd floor of TERRADA ART COMPLEX II in Tennozu in the fall of 2020. We will continue to hold dynamic solo and special exhibitions throughout the year to convey the appeal of sculpture.
We are also planning to open an art studio this year. We will create an environment where artists can concentrate on their works more than ever before and start a movement.

We aim to further enrich and expand contemporary art by proposing the original state of the art gallery, such as supporting the production of artists, fostering and interacting with young artists, and creating many opportunities for promotion, just like the former Paris Marg Gallery.

Credo

UGの価値や存在意義として、芯に持ち続ける強い想いを体現すべく運営しております

挑戦に寄り添う、あなたの相棒
二人三脚で共に前進するパートナーとして、安心し帰ってきたくなるような居場所の提供で、あなたを支えます。 アーティストとしての新たな挑戦も、初めてのアート購入も、応援しそっと背中を押せるギャラリーとして成長し続けます。
買うのはアーティストの未来(ゆめ)
我々が購入するのはアーティストの未来です。 作品でも作品の価値でもありません。 アーティストを後世に残していくため、日本初のプライマリーアーティストを一緒に育てませんか。
作品と人を繋ぎ アートを通して人と人を繋ぐ
gallery UGは「前衛的な姿勢」と「可愛らしさ」の融合による化学変化という独自のスタイルを持っています。 100年先のアートのために、唯一無二の存在として、既成概念にとらわれず、言葉の壁を超えて世界でも活躍するギャラリーを目指しております。

Action

UGがどのように今までの活動に取り組んできたか、その取り組みと内容をご説明いたします

コレクターに対して
オープンな接客を心がけ、感謝やリスペクトは忘れずに対等な関係を築いていく中で、新しい世界観の提示をしております。
アーティストに対して
アトリエ建設によるサポートや育成をはじめ、アーティストライトから守るため海外転売の撲滅や作品管理の一環をしております。 アーティストの才能を見いだし、導き、磨き、後世に残していくため尽力しております。
海外進出へ向けて
日本文化の普及・国際文化レベルの向上、国際親善と友好を目指す活動を行なっております。 後に続くものへの足がかりとなるように、海外アートフェアや提携ギャラリーとの展示を開催する中で、アートの価値についての啓発活動をしアート業界の向かうべき道を示していくことを心がけております。
環境に配慮した製作環境
アーティストのサポートの一環として画材提供をしております。 素材は環境に配慮した、優しい素材(Jesmonite®︎)を使用するなどの工夫をおこなっており、在庫管理・外部への販売もしております。

History

We would like to share with you the history of galleryUG, which has been in business since 2001 and has always been making great strides.

1989
Founded "Art Life Agency", with the aim of becoming one that connects life and art.
Started activities as a comprehensive art consultant, which later forms current UG.
2000
Organized an art competition with more than 1,000 pieces in Ginza.
2001
Opened a roadside gallery space in Ginza 8-chome.
Started artist discovery and branding through regular exhibition activities in our own space. At the same time, dealing with contemporary secondary artworks, mainly Yayoi KUSAMA.
2008
Launched overseas promotion and began cultivating and discovering exclusive artists and branding them overseas based on a long-term strategy.
Attended many art fairs in East Asia
2010
Holding in-house exhibitions in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and South Korea
2011
Moved from Ginza to Nihonbashi area and changed the gallery name to gallery UG.
Shifted our activities to focus on young artists.
2014
Hold our 15th anniversary exhibition at the Ueno Royal Museum.
Begin promotion in Singapore, which at the time was the fastest-growing economy and contemporary art market in Asia.
2015
At Christie's Fine Art Storage Services Viewing Space in Singapore, collaborated exhibition of sculptures by Yayoi KUSAMA from our collection and Kunihiko NOHARA, our principal artist.
Commemorative exhibition at LUXE ART MUSEUM, Singapore
2016
Began participating in Art Fair Tokyo (and annually thereafter) and other art fairs in Japan.
2017
Solo exhibition of our principal artist Kunihiko NOHARA at the Ueno Royal Museum,Tokyo
2018
Kunihiko NOHARA solo exhibition at the largest booth at ART FAIR TOKYO
Kunihiko Nohara's solo exhibition at ART ATRIUM at Ginza Tsutaya Books in GINZA SIX of its second year of operation.
2019
Organized Art Expo Malaysia, Japan Pavilion and became the main of the participating Japanese galleries.
2020
Opened a flagship gallery at TERRADA ART COMPLEX, where leading galleries are gathered.
Opened "Studio MOKU" for a communal art studio where our exclusive artists works.
Begins full-scale activities in the U.S. and Europe, including participation in art fairs in New York and Basel.
Begins actively planning, proposing, and producing collaborations with contemporary art in order to preserve Japan's traditional crafts.
2021
After a hiatus from overseas activities due to the pandemic of COVID-19, participated in domestic department store events to develop domestic activities.
Kyo-Yuzen's collaborative work and contemporary art exhibited at Nijo Castle, Kyoto, a World Heritage Site.
2022
Planning and proposing events dedicated exclusively to primary contemporary art in department stores, the main market for Japanese art, and taking the lead in selecting and managing galleries.
(From 2022 - Touring Daimaru Matsuzakaya department stores nationwide)
2023
Opened UG showroom at Mother, an advertising agency in New York (ongoing exhibition).
Established a company in the Macau Special Administrative Region and began working with the Macau government to promote art content.
2024
Opened gallery UG macau (scheduled for February)