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BTS fans already know leader Kim Namjoon aka RM is a connoisseur of the arts. His updates on BTS’ Twitter account are often aesthetically pleasing visuals of him admiring art. The group have been enjoying an extended break for the first time in their career since debut, and RM has kept ARMY abreast of his activities by sharing pics from his various sojourns to art galleries.
While he’s been globe-trotting and given us glimpses into museums in Denmark, Italy, Austria and France, we’ve been curious about the galleries he’s been visiting in South Korea.
Next time you’re planning your trip to South Korea, maybe consider including one of these galleries! They have RM’s stamp of approval after all (you can even try replicating his photo moments).
1. Bonte Museum, Jeju
Bonte Museum is located in the southern city of Seogwipo on Jeju Island. It displays both traditional and contemporary art, along with Korean handicrafts. It also has a special gallery dedicated to the works of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, which is exactly what RM took a photo with when he visited. He shared a photo in her artwork, Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls.
2. Museum SAN, Wonju
This gallery is fairly isolated among nature and not easy to get to (you’d be better off driving there than catching public transport). The museum describes itself as a place where art and architecture harmonise with natural surroundings, with the slogan ‘disconnect to connect’. It houses a range of works including James Turrell light installations.
RM was pictured with work by abstract artist Kim Whan Ki.
3. Lotte Museum of Art, Seoul
If you don’t foresee yourself traipsing into the countryside to find art, there’s the very central Lotte Museum of Art, located in Lotte World Tower in the heart of the city. The museum is known for contemporary art exhibitions, and RM visited during his holiday to see the work of Taiwanese-born American artist James Jean titled Eternal Journey.
4. Busan Museum of Art
One of the rare moments RM didn’t share pictures from his art gallery visit, it was reported after he’d visited the Busan Museum of Art, that he’d left a note thanking the gallery for his experience. He also pointed out that he liked the Wind series by artist Lee Ufan.
5. Sejong Centre Art Gallery, Seoul
Another easily accessible gallery in Seoul again, RM visited the Sejong Centre when they were exhibiting Fauvism Masterpieces. The centre is the largest cultural complex in Seoul and hosts many contemporary art exhibitions. It also has a sculpture garden, where you can hang out too.
6. Arario Gallery, Cheonan
This gallery actually has four branches: one in Cheonan where RM visited, two in Seoul in Samcheong and in the RYSE HOTEL, and another in Shanghai, China. The gallery specialises in introducing Korean contemporary art to the world, but exhibits a range of international artists too.
RM visited when the exhibition, Voice of Harmony, was on display.
7. Buk Seoul Museum of Art
Another RM moment with the work of Kim Whanki! The BTS leader visited Buk Seoul Museum of Art to see their The Dream of Modernity: Planting a Flowering Tree exhibition, and posed for a photo in front of Kim Whanki’s Song of Eternity. The museum is known for covering everything from fine art to photography and design.
Have you visited any of these galleries? Will you be adding them to your next South Korea trip itinerary?
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