BTS x Street Galleries also takes the Army on a tour of locations dear to the K-pop stars hearts in Seoul, New York, London and more
BTS have worked with Google Arts & Culture Lab to share their favourite pieces of art. BTS x Street Galleries is a platform which allows fans of the K-pop megaband to take virtual tours of locations that have special meaning for the band, while learning about the seven musicians’ taste in art. This coincided with the band’s ninth anniversary last month, when they announced their hiatus.
Several of the places featured hold special meaning for the band, and were where important moments in the band’s nine-year history occurred.
Suga, for example, placed his selections—one of them Wenceslaus Holler’s Concert of Cherubs on Earth, a 1646 print of seven cherubs, echoing the number of BTS members—at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the location of the band’s first major international performance. RM placed his street gallery in Namdaemun, Seoul, where the band kicked off their 2021 global concert, choosing to talk about works by JMW Turner and Georges Seurat as well as a traditional Korean “moon jar”. Meanwhile, Jimin chose to display his selections against Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, where the band performed during their Love Yourself tour.
On a trip to the United States last December, RM posted photos from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts among many other museums and galleries showcasing his personal interest in art and the work of a range of artists to the attention of his 35.6 million Instagram followers. Given the band’s massive popularity, the post is said to have potentially sparked a newfound interest in fine and visual arts.
The launch of BTS x Street Galleries was launched to mark the ninth anniversary of the band’s fan group, BTS Army. Street Galleries was launched in 2020 in partnership with the United Nations to celebrate the organisation’s 75th anniversary, allowing viewers to select artwork from the Google Arts & Culture database and place them within Google street views.