Arario Korea’s exhibition in The Korea Herald

Posted in Arario Cheonan, Arario Seoul by arariogallery on November 17, 2009

Arario Gallery is showcasing its collections under the title “Arario’s Finest” to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

The show is notable because the gallery’s collections are in fact those of Kim Chang-il, president of the Gallery, who is considered one of the world’s top 100 collectors.

Kim was the first Korean ever to make the list of the world’s 100 most powerful collectors, as selected by British magazine Art Review. He is also an artist himself who goes by the name “Ci Kim,” although his work is not as well known as his collections.

This show stages about 35 pieces from Kim’s collections by world-renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, Marc Quinn, Neo Rauch and Tracey Emin.

Read the rest here.


20th Year Anniversary Exhibition at Arario Korea

Posted in Arario Cheonan, Arario Seoul by arariogallery on November 17, 2009

Sigmar Polke | Fastest Gun in the West | 2002 | mixed media on fabric | 302 x 503 cm

November 10th – January 24th, 2010

Arario Gallery celebrates its 20th year anniversary since its inauguration in 1989. The upcoming exhibition will show works of artists that have worked with Arario during the past 20 years, as well as our private collections never revealed to the public before. Included in the show are Marc Quinn’s Self (2001), Neo Rauch’s large oil paintings, and Sigmar Polke’s The Fastest Gun in the West (2002), all of which are some of Mr. Ci Kim’s beloved pieces. Mr. Kim is the owner of Arario Gallery, included in international art magazines such as Monopol of Germany, Art Review of London, and Art News of New York as one of the most powerful and influential figures in global art world, almost every year from 2004 to 2009 as the only Korean figure.
From 1989 to 2000, Ci Kim poured great energy into creating a sculpture park (Arario Small City) in the area around a bus terminal, a department store, and a movie theater which he runs in Cheonan, city located one hour from Seoul. To distinguish his business from all other terminals and department stores and to raise cultural awareness for the citizens, Kim allocated significant sculpture works of Damien Hirst, Wang Guangyi, Keith Haring, Isamu Noguchi, and Robert Indiana, just to name a few. In 2000, he took down the original building for the gallery and expanded the exhibition space to 32,024.7ft², making it one of the nation’s largest galleries. Kim successfully launched the new space with Keith Haring and Anselm Kiefer’s large scale exhibitions and continued to introduce yBa artists such as Damien Hirst, Mark Quinn, and Tracey Emin, as well as yGa artists such as Sigmar Polke and Neo Rauch through important group shows <British Contemporary> and <Artists from Leipzig>. The gallery and the park together continue to cater to the needs of Korea’s art audiences with important local and international exhibitions, while promoting young and bourgeoning Korean artists to the world through three other Arario galleries located in Seoul, Beijing and New York.

Arario Gallery Seoul will show approximately 15 artworks including works by Neo Rauch, Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin, and Markus Lupertz. Arario Gallery Cheonan will show approximately 20 artworks including works by Marc Quinn, Damien Hirst, Sigmar Polke, Jitish Kallat, and Keith Haring. Arario Gallery’s 20th Anniversary collections show will provide the audience with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy great masterpieces of this century, and to physically experience the passion that ran through and supported Arario Gallery to establish its global position in the art world today.

Arario Artists in “Moon Generation”

Posted in Arario Cheonan, Dongwook Lee, Hyungkoo Lee, Inbai Kim by arariogallery on May 14, 2009
Dongwook Lee, "Handle," 2007. Mixed media, 69 x 5 x 5cm

Dongwook Lee, "Handle," 2007. Mixed media, 69 x 5 x 5 cm

Korean Eye and Phillips de Pury & Company have organized Moon Generation, the first-ever international exhibition and sale of work by leading Korean contemporary artists. Arario’s Inbai Kim, Hyungkoo Lee and Dongwook Lee are included in this important show. Beginning Monday, May 18, Standard Chartered First Bank in Seoul will host a six-day preview. Thereafter, Moon Generation will  travel to London, opening at Saatchi Gallery on June 20.

Read the press release for more information. Browse the Phillips de Pury catalogue.

Shine Kong in Cheonan

Posted in Arario Cheonan, Shine Kong by arariogallery on April 23, 2009
"Between," 2004-2005. Oil on canvas, acrylic on wood, 102 x 76 x 4 cm

"Between," 2004-2005. Oil on canvas, acrylic on wood, 102 x 76 x 4 cm

Design Boom highlights the work of Korean artist Shine Kong. His exhibition, Adagio for Springs, is on view at Arario Cheonan through June 7.

Li Jikai in Cheonon

Posted in Arario Cheonan, Li Jukai by arariogallery on December 11, 2008

Pool, 2008. Oil on canvas.

Through January 24th, 2009, Arario Gallery Cheonan presents twenty-five recent works by Chinese artist Li Jikai. The rising star (b. 1975) received critical acclaim for his solo exhibition at Beijing’s Today Art Museum earlier this year.

In a recent Korean Times article, Cathy Rose wrote:

In contrast to his fellow contemporary artists’ propagandistic art, Li Jikai delves into the fundamental question on the existence of human beings and expresses the loneliness present in the lives of modern men. Li tells a deeply personal story in his paintings, where he includes a solitary character that represents himself. He explores his own sub-conscious and asks the universal questions: Who am I? Where do I come from? and Where am I headed? Li depicts himself as Peter Pan in Neverland; however, in his paintings one can witness a sense of isolation, loneliness, fear, anxiety, and unavoidable encounters with reality as the artist realizes that the age of purity has already passed.

Visit the Arario Gallery Cheonan website to see installation shots. has also posted some images.


*Post written by Arario New York’s, Lesley Sheng.