It’s common knowledge among BTS fans that the group’s leader RM (aka Kim Namjoon) is a certified art aficionado. He made headlines when he made a 100 million Korean won domination to South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and frequently shares photos of himself visiting museums and galleries. He has been praised by the Korean art industry for re-energising the country’s art scene.
The rapper is also using his love of art to influence his fans to visit museums, support artists particularly those from South Korea, and to just appreciate art in general. His art adventures have been dubbed as “Namjooning”, a word he himself coined that covers taking time for yourself by doing activities such as visiting art exhibitions, cycling, going on nature walks and reading.
In celebration of the art-loving BTS leader’s birthday on September 12, we break down some of his favourite artists.
Seeing an idol singer relentlessly following Korean art, I thought that the Korean art world is not stripped of its future— Lee Seung-hyun, artistic director at Jeongdong 128 Art Centre