BTS RM delivered his recent status after meeting U.S. President Biden.
On June 9th, BTS RM posted several photos on his Instagram along with the caption saying, “The mountain is inside me.” In the photos, BTS RM is seen viewing the 20th-anniversary exhibition of artist Yoo Young-kuk, who is considered a pioneer of Korean abstract art. RM, who is usually known as an art lover, showed his special affection for art by visiting the exhibition the day before the release of his group’s new album “Proof”.
In particular, his extraordinary affection for art is spreading more widely through an interest in the Korean art world. At the 2022 Art Busan held in Busan in May, artist Kim Hee-soo’s works, which gained popularity after it was known that BTS RM bought them, sold out 121 pieces within 3 hours of opening, recording over 200 million won in sales.
Yang Jung-moo, a professor at the Korea National University of Arts who appeared on SBS’ radio show “Kim Young-chul’s Power FM” on May 12th, explained, “Art exhibitions are divided into places where RM went and places where he didn’t go.”
RM’s influence on the art exhibition world is that great. In fact, it is not recent that idol stars’ love for art is known. Before RM, Big Bang’s G-Dragon and T.O.P were the first K-pop stars who laid the foundation for promoting the art world to the public.
The two have been collecting star artists’ works through overseas auctions such as Sotheby’s. In 2020, they were listed side by side on the list of 50 notable collectors announced by the famous U.S. art magazine Art News.
The two often share on SNS and actively communicate with fans. It has been revealed that the price of paintings in daily photos posted by G-Dragon on Instagram in the past is enormous, ranging from 420 million won to 3.7 billion won. In the case of T.O.P, when appearing on a broadcast in the past, he revealed, “I spend at least 95% of my income on buying artworks.”
Industry experts said, “Not only celebrity artists such as Cho Young-nam and Solbi, but also famous celebrities such as Big Bang’s G-Dragon, T.O.P and BTS’ RM are known as art lovers, and the accessibility to the art market is decreasing. Recently, K-pop stars in their 20s~30s and the MZ generation are doing investments in artworks.” They added, “In particular, choosing and placing value upon works based on one’s own taste and perspective is expected to exert a positive influence on the expansion of the art market.”