Gallery G-77 was first established by owner and director Andrei Mikhilov in 2003 at 77 Fontanka River Embankment in St. Petersburg. The gallery name references its address. It was one of the first galleries in Russia to represent contemporary international artists with a particular focus on Japan, where the gallery’s owner spent more than 10 years. Enryu Kano, Maiko Maeda, Sawako Watanabe, Takuji Shimura and Diana Wong were among the first to have their solo exhibitions in the gallery. In 2010, G-77 invited Izuru Mizutani who became the first Japanese contemporary artist to demonstrate his installation projects in the State Russian Museum. In 2011, the gallery moved to Japan. In November, 2014 G-77 opened its new location in Kyoto city centre between Imperial Place and Nijo Castle.
Gallery G-77 presentations reflect some current trends in contemporary Japanese art. Unique artworks by young artists show an entirely original and Japanese approach.