Hyunjhin Baik in Dart International Magazine

Posted in Arario Seoul by arariogallery on November 18, 2009

Arario Gallery’s one-person show of the multi-talented Hyunjhin Baik was the most well thought out gallery exhibit I saw in Seoul. This musician/ visual artist not only espouses a strange narrative – he also challenges the gallery visitor to reconsider the exhibition experience. Using low-light florescent tubes and constructed corridor-like spaces that in one instance comes to a pointed end – Baik offers a new and more intimate and cool way to experience art. His painting style and iconography are equally diverse and multifaceted – which to me – indicates this artist lets his freak flag fly, leaving little left unexplored. For what I saw while in Seoul, Baik is Korea’s most brilliant artist.

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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.

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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.

Kent Henricksen in Seoul

Posted in Arario Seoul by arariogallery on June 2, 2009
"Devious Delight," 2008. Embroidery thread and silkscreen on fabric, 63.5 x 56c m.

"Devious Delight," 2008. Embroidery thread and silkscreen on fabric, 63.5 x 56c m.

Works by American artist Kent Henricksen are on view at Arario Seoul through June 21. The exhibition features 15 of Henricksen’s trademark embroidered silk screens, five sculptures, and wallpapers specifically designed for the Seoul venue. Read more about the exhibition in The Korea Times and JoonAng Daily.