PLACEText: Naoko Kawaguchi

In October 2005, having associated with a cooperated office Mixrooffice, operated by a famous video director, VJ Naohiro Ukawa and upcoming creative group iseneehihinee, NANZUKA UNDERGROUND was opened as a new contemporary art gallery in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Tomoki Kurokawa, SANAE, 2008, 1300X600mm, Neon Cube

Despite the accessible location, where is just 5 mins from east exit of Shibuya station, this off-street underground gallery gets you out of bustling Shibuya climate and makes you feel like arriving at a secret space hidden from man street.

From its opening, the gallery is actively supporting young and energetic artists such as above Naohito Ukawa, Keiichi Tanaami, MUSTONE, Tomoki Kurokawa.etc.

As art space/club, this whole space has becomes a creative community in Tokyo and steady popularity has been obtained around people with high sensitivity. The gallery was also accomplished to attend the contemporary art fair in Shanghai “ShContemporary2007” on last September and gained an acclaimed voice from overseas.

Tomoki Kurokawa, (left) Continue?-Yes!, 2008, 2250 x 1440 mm, Acrylic Painting on Canvas. (right) Youth, 2008, 2375 x 3000 mm, Acrylic Painting on Canvas

In this March, the gallery was appointed for the renewal stage, which was attributed by the closing of cooperated office “Mixrooffice”, the gallery was set to expand its gallery space practically and restarted with double space from previous period.

Tomoki Kurokawa, Save, 2008, 1583 x 2000 mm, Acrylic Painting on Canvas

And currently, solo debut exhibition by Tomoki Kurokawa is in session (until July 27th, 2008) “I want to place the gallery where couples are stopping by as their one of dating spot.” says a director and owner of NANZUKA UNDERGROUND, Mr.Shinji Nanzuka.

How many new bloods are emerging from this underground space in Shibuya near future? The gallery will continue to be paid special attention as the communication space for those sender (artist) and receiver (supporter) and their active creation should benefit to new generation soon after…

Open: 13:00 – 20:00 (Saturday and Sunday 11:00 – 18:00)
Closed on Monday and Tuesday
Address: B1F Shibuya IBIS Bldg., 2-17-3 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 (0)3 3400 0075

Text: Naoko Kawaguchi
Photos: Courtesy of NANZUKA UNDERGROUND © Tomoki Kurokawa

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