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Chen Bo-Wen

Native Son

By Denise Chu

Chen Bo-Wen at his home in Taipei with TU WEI-CHENG's

Stele No. BM66—Gate of the Fleeing Souls (2007) in the

background. Courtesy Chen Bo-Wen.

"I've become Ulysses. I can't make my way back!" Chen Bo-Wen invokes the tragic plight of Homer's hero with a swelling laugh, as he recounts his treacherous yet rewarding adventures in collecting. Born, raised and educated in Taiwan, Chen is a medical doctor by profession and runs his own family clinic. His early encounters with contemporary art stemmed from sheer curiosity. Taipei's…

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