It was unexpected. The 18th Korea International Art Fair (KIAF), which opened at the height of the political controversy surrounding the newly appointed minister of justice Cho Kuk, was a raging success, despite concerns. The venue was packed throughout the event period, and participating galleries were content. “Sales weren’t bad, unlike last year,” said one gallery representative. Throughout the five days including September 25, the exclusive VIP opening day, the exhibition halls bustled like it was the weekend. There was a constant stream of visitors, with more waiting in an infinitely stretched line outside the entrance.