What Does K-Pop Star RM Collect? Here Are 8 Artists the Burgeoning Celebrity Patron Has Snapped Up

Kim Namjoon, extra famously often called RM (brief for “Rap Monster”) and a founding member of the mega-popular Korean band BTS, is equally adept in artwork galleries as he’s laying down  tracks. The Okay-Pop star’s artwork adventures began when he was on tour in the American Midwest in 2018, he just lately instructed Artwork Basel director Marc Spiegler, on the podcast “Intersections.” (RM additionally instructed Spiegler that he reads Artnet each morning, so—howdy there RM!)

At the time, the singer discovered himself alone in a resort room in Chicago. He hadn’t made many buddies overseas, and doesn’t celebration a lot, so he got down to go to the Artwork Institute of Chicago, the place he fell for Seurat and Monet.

Since then, followers have actually traced RM’s art-trekking steps by way of Instagram by means of the Getty in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the Chinati Basis in Marfa, Texas. They’ve additionally vicariously jet-setted with him to Basel, the place he promoted the arts and tradition of his residence nation on a world stage, and hopped with him between galleries, museum openings, and festivals throughout Korea. To have a good time his twenty sixth birthday in 2020, RM donated greater than $80,000 to South Korea’s Nationwide Museum of Fashionable and Up to date Artwork.

Even his given title, Kim Namjoon, has grow to be a verb, with followers participating in his art-loving habits and calling it “Namjooning.”

And in just some brief years, RM has amassed a nuanced assortment. He has additionally teased plans to open his personal personal exhibition area, with a restaurant on the first ground—sometime.

Till then, RM’s assortment focuses on Korean artists and Impressionism, with a robust sprint of latest artwork flash. And as BTS takes a hiatus, and RM units off on his personal subsequent chapter as an arts patron, he aspires to emulate the reinvention and endurance of his artwork idols, like Phillip Guston and Donald Judd. Here are a few of the different artists the Korean collector admires sufficient to personal.

Lee Daewon

On “Intersections,” Spiegler requested RM what the first murals he ever purchased was. RM stated he snapped up an untitled, ethereal portray by the late Korean artist Lee Daewon at public sale, merely referring to it as “a small mountain painted in 1976.” RM considers this primary acquisition as a non secular expertise: “When I set it up on my wall, then I understood what’s making a collection [versus] filling the walls,” he instructed Spiegler.


Lee Seunghyun

Followers who can’t comply with RM in the flesh doc his actions Online. In March 2020, one account tweeted that RM possible purchased a modestly sized work of oil on canvas titled Countryside Impression by Lee Seunghyun at Galleries Artwork Truthful in 2020 for simply over $1,000. That includes RM in the gallery sales space alongside his pup Moni, the tweet posits that RM “probably bought it there cause of the name sticker; they do it when a painting is sold.”


Joung Younger Ju

In the spring of 2020, RM additionally acquired Disappearing Hometown 730, a luminescent panorama by Joung Younger Ju. The up to date Korean artist depicts conventional hillside villages, which have been disappearing as a result of city improvement. She crafts their roofs, gates, and the stars above utilizing conventional hanji paper. EconoTimes stated RM purchased the 120-inch acrylic artwork piece for $42,330. Younger Ju took to Instagram to thank him. “I had a great time with such as respectful and bright young man,” she wrote, per Koreaboo. “He gave me strength during the hard times we are having now.”



Two KAWS companions. The one on the proper is just like RM’s.

The New York Instances simply printed an interview with RM considering the musician’s artwork explorations by means of the lens of his forthcoming thirtieth birthday—and the finish of his viability as a boyband frontman. The publication peered into the work RM collects, together with a “Companion” piece by KAWS. However that’s not the solely work by the artist he owns. In 2020, RM was additionally pictured holding a smaller, chrome-plated “Companion.”

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami, Flower Ball (3-D), Kindergarten (2007).

The Instances’s exploration into RM’s studio additionally featured a wealthy patchwork of smaller items by largely Korean artists, together with Suh Seung-Gained, Yun Hyong-keun, and Park Soo Keun, in addition to the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. However Japanese legend Takashi Murakami crowns the quilt, together with his ubiquitous Flower Ball beaming off the wall. Like KAWS, proudly owning a Murakami is a standing image—even when it’s a culturally wealthy one. RM’s not afraid to flex each arms without delay.

Kim Chong Hak

Kim Chong Hak attends a preview for his exhibition “Vitality” at Gallery Perrotin on March 15, 2019, in Paris. Picture: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Photographs.

The Korean artist Kim Chong Hak additionally seems on RM’s studio wall in that Instances profile. Nevertheless, a tour by means of RM’s artwork assortment posted in January 2022 by a person on the American web site All Okay Pop exhibits RM has extra work by Kim Chong Hak in his residence. In accordance with the 85-year-old artist’s bio, Kim typically attracts on the pure world in his canvases, together with Mount Seorak, the third-highest mountain in Korea, present in the nation’s east, in addition to motifs reminiscent of flowers, bugs, and weeds.


Thibaud Hérem

London-based French illustrator Thibaud Hérem displayed his newest paintings alongside its presumed new proprietor in an April 2022 Instagram put up. “Herem x RM,” the caption reads merely. “Cherry blossom bunjae.” Followers have since puzzled whether or not the BTS star commissioned the work instantly from the artist. At practically 120,000 likes, it’s by far the most engaged put up on Hérem’s feed, an instance of the outsized impression RM’s magic contact can have.


Kim Hee-Soo

And that contact can translate to actual Money. When the web site KBizoom reported rumors that RM collects Kim He-Soo’s work, it precipitated the up to date Cubist painter’s gross sales to skyrocket at Artwork Bursan in 2022, the place he allegedly bought “121 pieces within 3 hours of opening.” Whereas we’d must see the receipts to consider these numbers, one particular acquisition got here in January 2021, when RM gifted his buddy and fellow singer Colde with a canvas from the artist.

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