Kim Chang-il's Arario Museum Opens in Seoul

September 19, 2014 2:38 PM

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Kim Chang-il's Arario Museum Opens in Seoul

Seoul's Arario Gallery is already known around the globe as one of Korea's most successful commercial galleries. Earlier this month, it has reached a new benchmark, transforming a former office building in Seoul into the Arario Museum in Space. The new museum will create an innovative arts space for introducing both Korean and International contemporary artists to the Korean art world and public. While offering a rotation of contemporary exhibitions, the museum will be backed by the permanent collection assembled over the course of 35-years by Arario Gallery's chairman, Kim Chang-il (aka CI Kim). The museum's inaugural exhibition, entitled Really?, kicked off the opening ceremonies on September 1st, with an eclectic contemporary display of over 200 pieces from the permanent collection including artists such as Barbara Kruger, Dongwook Lee, Keith Haring, Cindy Sherman and Kohei Nawa. The private museum will bring the masterful curatorial eye of Kim to Seoul, securing an important anchor for contemporary art in South Korea.

Kim Chang-il is not only a well-known gallerist, but is also one of Asia's biggest art collectors, ranking as a top art collector six times in ARTnews, as well as being an artist himself. Now, with the Arario Museum, he adds museum founder to the list. The opening of his new museum has taken over t...

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