BTS: RM Says ‘Time Seems to Stop’ While Visiting Art Galleries

Vogue Korea recently published individual interviews with Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook of BTS. In his interview with the magazine, RM of BTS talked in-depth about his love of art and visiting galleries. According to the BTS rapper, “time seems to stop” for him whenever he visits an art gallery.

RM of BTS performs on stage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards
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RM of BTS loves visiting art galleries and museums

BTS’ fandom ARMY often use the verb “Namjooning” to describe when they feel like the BTS rapper. Typically, “Namjooning” is used to reference enjoying nature, museums, and exploring.

Speaking with Vogue Korea, RM shared that he developed a love of visiting museums while touring with the members of BTS.

The rapper told Vogue Korea:

“When we went abroad, we stayed in our hotel rooms except when we were working… The only places I could go then were museums. The art galleries full of Monets or van Goghs were always crowded, but when I visited one weekday morning, and had them mostly to myself, I had a eureka moment — an artist who’d passed away a hundred years ago was communicating directly with a boy from Korea. I was so envious. From then on, I began seeking out and learning about Korean painters. I’m the type of person who dives right in once I get intrigued by something. These days, I’m fascinated by art, and it’s exhilarating.”

The BTS rapper says ‘time seems to stop’ while at art galleries

In his interview with Vogue Korea, RM went into more detail about why he appreciates art so much, particularly when comparing it to music.

“I think the fact that painting is a totally different field makes it more enjoyable… When it comes to painting, I can be honest about my emotions. When it comes to music, it’s hard if you let yourself get jealous because there are so many great musicians and new talents,” RM said.

The BTS rapper also shared that he is able to “reflect” whenever he looks at art, and he admitted he hopes he has the kind of career a painter has.

“Also, painters have really long careers. Some hold their first solo exhibitions at age 40, and some don’t sell a single painting until they’re 60. But I debuted at age 19, and I’m told I represent my country now at age 27, and people ask me what I’m going to do next,” RM told Vogue Korea.

He continued. “It’s like I’ve transcended where I’m supposed to be at this point in my life. That’s why I want to have the longevity of painters. When I visit an art gallery, time seems to stop, and I can reflect on myself.”


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What is RM’s dream?

In addition to wanting the kind of “longevity” a painter has, RM also has an idea of what kind of life he wants to achieve.

“I want to be recognized as someone other than a member of BTS, and I want to create other types of art… I have many dreams, including the dream of living in the quiet countryside, where I can read and study. I’m very happy now, but I find the pace of life quite overwhelming. I want to find the right pace for myself someday,” RM shared with Vogue Korea.