Korean abstract sculpture pioneers to foreign new artists… Expanding the 'RM Tour' area

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-14 15:47:37
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▲ This photo, provided by RM’s Instagram, shows RM visiting Oliver Beer’s exhibition. (PHOTO NOT FORSALE) (Yonhap) 

▲ This photo, provided by RM’s Instagram, shows RM visiting Pace Gallery. (PHOTO NOT FORSALE) (Yonhap) 

▲ This photo, provided by RM’s Instagram, shows RM visiting Whanki Gallery. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

▲ This photo, provided by RM’s Instagram, shows RM visiting Choi Man-lin Museum. (PHOTO NOT FORSALE) (Yonhap) 

SEOUL, May 14 (Yonhap) — The number of so-called "RM Tour" targets that follow the exhibition visited by BTS member RM (Kim Nam-joon) has increased significantly recently.

RM has released photos on Instagram that have visited a series of Korean exhibitions since he returned home from a performance in Las Vegas last month, according to the art industry on the 14th. 

RM, who is known to have affection for the works of modern and contemporary masters such as Kim Whan-ki and Yun Hyong-keun as an art lover, has recently expanded his viewing spectrum by visiting exhibitions of young foreign artists.

RM posted a photo of British contemporary artist Oliver Beer (37) on Instagram on the 12th of his solo exhibition “Resonance Paintings – Two Notes.”

The exhibition, which is being held in Seoul in Thaddaeus Ropac, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, showcases works by Oliver Beer, which are not well known in Korea. 

These paintings, defined by the artist as Resonance Painting, are shaped by moving pigments on the canvas with sound waves emitted from speakers installed under the canvas instead of writing a brush.

Thaddaeus Ropac opened its Seoul branch on October 6 last year as a gallery with branches in London, Paris and Salzburg. RM also watched Georg Baselitz (83), a solo exhibition of the Seoul branch, "Hotel Garni," and American painting master Alex Katz (95), a solo exhibition held at the gallery from December last year to February 5 this year.

The photo released by RM on the 12th also included an exhibition of "Bending Light II" in Pace Gallery Seoul, a foreign gallery in Hannam-dong. RM posted a photo with James Turrell in the background.

On the 5th, photos of exhibitions held in Samcheong-dong and Buam-dong were posted at once by the member. 

Painter Kim Ji-won, head of the Korea National University of Arts, shared a panoramic view of the exhibition "Lemon," a solo exhibition held at PKM Gallery, and “Fear or Love," which is being held as an exhibition to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its opening.


The member also posted a photo of a series of large-scale bronze sculptures of Swiss-born artist Ugo Rondinone’s solo exhibition at the International Gallery.

Earlier, RM showed special interest in Rondinone’s works by posting a photo on Instagram of the visit to the "Seven Magic Mountains" displayed in Nevada during a Las Vegas performance.


On the 1st, he posted photos of seven exhibitions of the National Museum of Korea's "A Collector's Invitation - First year Anniversary of the Donation of the late Chairman Lee Kun-hee" and wrote, "Thank you for the good exhibition."

On the 26th of last month, he posted a photo of visiting the Whanki Museum in Buam-dong, where the 30th anniversary exhibition will be held. At the time, RM put a sticker on the chest of his T-shirt to take a commemorative photo.


RM, who returned from the U.S. last month, seems to have visited the Seongbuk Museum of Art in Seoul first.

RM posted a photo of Western painter Yoon Joong-sik (1913-2012) commemorating the 10th anniversary and watching an exhibition commemorating the donation of his bereaved family's works. 


Yoon mainly painted the countryside colored with sunset throughout his life, and pigeons often appear in his works.

On the same day, 


RM also took a picture at the Choi Man-lin Museum of Art, a branch of the Seongbuk Museum of Art. 


Choi, a pioneer of abstract sculpture in Korea, purchased his Jeongneung house in Seongbuk-gu, where he lived for 30 years, and opened it as a branch of the Seongbuk Museum of Art in October 2020.


"Since RM released it on Instagram, the number of visitors has increased significantly and foreigners make reservations," said an official at the Choi Man-lin Museum of Art. "I am grateful that more young people are interested in art."

Art museum and gallery officials from places where RM visited said that they often found out that he visited only after looking at Instagram late because he visited quietly.




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