WHEN the North Koreans swept down over the 38th parallel on June 25, 1950, one of the prizes they had their sights on was the great national collection of Korean art in Seoul. Delaying tactics by the museum staff ("The packing took quite a long time," says wide-smiling Dr. Chewon Kim, director of Korea's National Museum) and the recapture of Seoul three months after it had fallen to the Communists saved the treasures. Next week, as a gesture of "gratitude to all those known and unknown American friends who fought with us against the Communist invasion," a loan exhibition from the...

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