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Kim Chang-il

Redefining the Korean Collector

BY IRIS MOON

Building up an Art Collection in a Crumbling Market

Head two hours south of Seoul and you will hit Cheonan, a small city formerly known for its walnut cookies and fast becoming acknowledged as Korea's Mecca of contemporary British art, thanks to Kim Chang-il, CEO of a local department store, multiplex, bus terminal and the Arario Gallery. Kim's latest addition to his portfolio is a museum-like space where the works of young British artists like Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and the Chapman brothers are displayed. The storage room holds…

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