It’s only been a few days since BTS unveiled their new global art project, CONNECT, BTS, but fans already know how much it means to the members. During a video conference, Jin explained how the project would connect people through diversity, while Jungkook said it would highlight the similarities between artwork and music.
The project must mean a lot to RM too—after all, he’s constantly spotted attending art exhibitions just like the ones CONNECT, BTS will be showcasing. Let’s take a look at 5 times RM proved how deep his love for art is.
1. The National Gallery, London
The CONNECT, BTS series just began with an exhibit at the Serpentine Galleries in London—fitting for RM, who has visited art galleries in London before.
When BTS headed to London for their sold-out “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself“ shows at Wembley Stadium, RM made sure to find the time to visit the city’s famous National Gallery.
Fans in London spotted RM looking at a famous 1700s painting by Canaletto titled Venice: The Grand Canal with S. Simeone Piccolo, which uses perspective, light and detail to depict the beautiful architecture of the city.
namjoon went to a gallery and jikook went on a lunch date 🙁 i love seeing them having fun and going out into the city i love them so much pic.twitter.com/nGp276qRDb
— myrcka⁷ 🧚♂️ (@bffjeongguk) June 3, 2019
2. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
RM often squeezes art trips into BTS’s overseas schedules. When the group flew to New York City to perform at the MetLife Stadium last May, RM uploaded photos of himself at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (also known as the Met).
He even included a cute pun in his tweet!
I met MET 😱 pic.twitter.com/t6zhunGrGi
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) May 17, 2019
In his photos, RM can be seen viewing various classic art pieces, including Lane in the Poppy Fields by Claude Monet.
Seems like the Met was just as glad to meet him. After his visit, they posted a tweet thanking him for his visit in Korean.
방문해 주셔서 감사합니다!
— The Met (@metmuseum) May 17, 2019
3. Normal Life by Kim Hee Soo, Seoul
Alongside centuries-old paintings, RM is a fan of contemporary art too. Last September, he shared pictures of his visit to the Normal Life solo exhibition in Seoul, featuring artwork by modern painter Kim Hee Soo.
The artist paints ordinary people with no expression or personality so the viewer can imagine themselves in the painting. It must be a unique and fulfilling experience for RM, whose life is anything but ordinary!
On Instagram, Kim revealed that RM even came to meet him during his visit.
4. Bonte Museum, Jeju Island
What would an RM vacation be without an art trip? While on a break in Jeju, RM visited the Bonte Museum, which showcases traditional and modern Korean crafts.
One of the exhibitions he looked at was Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls by Yayoi Kusama.
This unusual installation, which has traveled the world, is a small 4×4 meter space with mirrored walls and ceilings. The viewer stands in a platform in the middle of the water pool floor while a hundred color-changing lights surround them.
5. Kwon Dae Sup, Gyeonggi
On one of his most recent art trips, Namjoon tweeted a photo of himself hugging a large “moon jar”—a traditional form of Korean pottery, also known as dalhangari.
These huge pots are even more impressive than they seem—each one uses at least 40kg of clay and is painstakingly made from two separate halves joined together. The artist, Kwon Dae Sup, originally intended to be a painter until he was struck by sudden inspiration when he came across an antique moon jar.
Perhaps RM couldn’t make it to the artist’s exhibition at the Park Ryu Sook Gallery earlier that month, as eagle-eyed fans noticed that their idol actually viewed the jars at Kwon’s own house near Paldang Lake, Gyeonggi.
달항아리 / Moon jar by Kwon Dae Sup
— ❄️ #WinterFlower 🌺 MotS:7️⃣ (@LemonamuRM) November 17, 2019
CONNECT, BTS will connect over 22 artists in five cities, including Seoul.
Hopefully RM and the rest of the BTS members will get a chance to visit the Seoul exhibition when it launches later this month!