RM, the 27-year-old leader of Korean pop group BTS, an avid art collector and influencer, posted a new YouTube video in late July and several Instagram posts showing his recent art-related travels and collection of art. seemingly growing art at Fans.
Chief among the works was a $1.2 million sculpture by American multidisciplinary artist Roni Horn titled Untitled (But the boomerang that comes back ain’t the same one that I threw), 2013–17. The work, a solid, translucent glass cylinder, is titled after a literary quote, like other works in the series. In this case, the quote comes from Honey Sputnika novel by Haruki Murakami, an RM author was spotted reading and discussed as inspiration for his writing.
RM, who shared a photo of the room at home on Instagram, apparently purchased in December 2021 from Xavier Hufkens, Horn’s long-standing gallery in Brussels.
RM previewed other rooms in his home in the vlog, including two works by Korean artist Yun Hyong-keun, a sculpture by American minimalist Joel Shapiro, and a work by Korean artist Lee Bae, which RM highlights. worth in a photo. book. RM also shared an artwork by Lee in the HYBE building, the entertainment company behind BTS, outside his studio. Yun is a longtime favorite of the musician, and he has praised his work during his recent travels.
In the vlog, RM shared his recent art-related trip to Basel, Switzerland, and Paris, France, to attend the Art Basel art fair and visit the Pinault collection at the Bourse de Commerce, a iconic Parisian building converted into a museum of contemporary art. Last year. The Pinault Collection featured a joint exhibition of works by Horn and conceptual artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres who RM described as “my absolute favorite.”
The trip to Art Basel was RM’s first, he said in the vlog. He called Art Basel “[the] the largest art fair in the world.
“I’ve been to art fairs in Korea many times, but I’ve always wanted to visit Art Basel overseas,” he said in the video. “I especially wanted to go to Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, so I took the time to come all the way here for that.”
While at Art Basel, RM highlighted a number of works by contemporary Korean artists, including Yoo Youngkuk, Lee Seung Jio, Do Ho Suh and Nam June Paik. Paik is an RM favorite, and his work and the Nam June Paik Center have been featured on RM’s Instagram. RM attended Yoo Youngkuk’s recent exhibition at Kukje Gallery in Seoul.
At the fair, RM sought out a sculpture by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, from the artists’ Nuns and Monks series, saying it took him a while to find it. RM saw Rondinone’s “Seven Magic Mountains” in Las Vegas earlier this year, and he went to see Rondinone’s other works on display in Korea. rm too has a smaller scale Rondinone sculpture.
The vlog shows RM asking someone, possibly a staff member, an inaudible question in front of Philip Guston At the table (1969) painting. Over the years, he’s shared photos of himself reading Robert Storr’s book about the artist while in Korea and more recently saw ‘Philip Guston Now’, the controversial and long-running exhibit. delayed from her work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Some other vlog highlights during the fair included Louise Bourgeois Spider (1996), which sold for $40 million, and Isamu Noguchi’s Akari Light sculptures at Design Miami, which ran concurrently with Art Basel. At Art Basel Unlimited, a section of the fair showcasing 70 large-scale works, RM presented installations by Nam June Paik, Zao Wou-ki and Alex Katz, as well as Forty fakes found by Donald Judd.
RM seems to be a fan of Judd, having visited the Chinati Foundation last year, where the artist had an exhibition with Yun. RM also highlighted a painting by Francis Alÿs titled Case #4 (North Korea-South Korea)from his “Border Barriers Typology” series, depicting the Korean Demilitarized Zone between North Korea and South Korea.
Beyond Art Basel, RM showed excerpts from his visits to the Beyeler Foundation Basel, the Vitra Design Museum, the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Tinguely Museum. In Paris, he also visited the Center Pompidou and the Musée d’Orsay.
At Beyeler, RM guided the public through a Mondrian exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth. Showing two paintings of a cathedral, it showed the Dutch painter’s journey into abstraction. During a later clip, at the Pompidou, RM commented on Mondrian’s work from 1942 New York City, saying, “It’s not as tidy. Mondrian is also human.
RM highlighted a number of works by American sculptor Alexander Calder, including a mobile at Art Basel, another work at Kunstmuseum Basel and The tree, a stable or stationary abstract sculpture, at the Fondation Beyeler. RM called Calder a “pioneer of innovative mobiles” in his caption, and previously praised Calder during a speech at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year.
RM has exhibited works by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti at both the Fondation Beyeler and the Pompidou. At the Kunstmuseum Basel, he went to a joint exhibition on Picasso and El Greco and pointed out a large painting by Frank Stella and four pieces by Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara. RM previously shared a photo of a conceptual, date-based “Today Series” painting by Kawara that was on display at Dia: Beacon in New York.
At the Musée d’Orsay, RM highlights include a work by the realist Gustave Courbet, several works by Camille Pissarro (including Landscape at Chaponval), a sculpture by French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, by French painter Édouard Manet Luncheon on the Grassa portrait and A starry night (Above the Rhône) by Vincent van Gogh and Haystacks by Claude Monet.