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Arario Gallery:

Beijing or Bust

by Iris Moon

In the small agrarian town of Cheonan, noted for its grapes and pears 50 miles south of Seoul, Kim Chang-il, an entrepreneur, collector and artist, established Arario Gallery. In roughly a decade, he has amassed a collection of over 3,000 works of art. In front of the department store, bus terminal and multiplex that Kim built, Charity (2003), a nearly seven-meter-tall sculpture of an orphan by Damien Hirst, purchased for US$ 2 million, stands as a testament to his collecting clout. "If you don't have a good…

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