It is not new that South Korea's most beloved band has been associating itself with the visual arts. After the group leader, MRI, which already has a close relationship with contemporary art, attract thousands of people to the exhibition of the Philip Guston at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, It's from J-Hop! release the cover of the single “More” announce the cover of the new album, both in collab with the visual artist KAWS, it's time for the band to unite with Google's Arts & Culture platform, in a collab called BTS x Street Galleries.
The initiative consists of each member of the group choosing works of their choice and places to display them on the virtual facades on Google Street View. Many of the members have selected locations that hark back to a historic moment for the band, a fitting tribute as they are celebrating their ninth anniversary.
Each of the works is accompanied by small comments from the band members explaining the reason for choosing that work, but most were justified with some connection to their own creations as musicians and dancers.
The collab is also a huge incentive for the wider public to experience Google's new Street Galleries feature and even become more interested in art as a whole. At the bottom of the screen, there is a “Create Your Own” button that allows users to create their own Street Galleries using and remixing images that BTS has already selected, as well as a few more selected by Google Arts & Culture.
Check out their choices below:
Jin – Sao Paulo
Yea, Jin chose the Brazilian city to host his street gallery! He comments that São Paulo is one of BTS' favorite cities, and that they all love the energy of Paulistas: “Whenever I feel a little low, I only think about São Paulo.”
Like his colleagues, the singer chose works that refer to his practice as a musician and dancer, and even included works that appeared in music videos of the band, like Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (1560) and The Fall of the Rebel Angels (1562) by Pieter Bruegel.
MRI – Namdaemun, Seoul
RM's Street Gallery is located in Namdaemun, Seoul, where BTS kicked off their 2021 global concert, as well as being a “precious historical monument of Korea,” as his text on the platform says.
RM has selected works that highlight Korean heritage, and others by Romantic and Impressionist painters.
Jimin – Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Jimin's gallery is located in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, where BTS held their “Love Yourself” concert. About the selection of his works he says: “…I've been on a journey of self-love and acceptance over the last few years. Let me lead you through this with some artwork that reminds me of who I am.” Jimin also included works depicting his favorite activities, such as dancing and running, were featured.
V – London
The gallery of V takes place in London, and most of the chosen works refer to his own practice of photography in the streets of London. He selected some water scenes from the mid-1800s, a van gogh, and others Egon Schiele, but V even dared to include one of his own! An undated, untitled photograph depicting the sunset horizon.
J-Hope! - New York
The singer based his gallery in New York, close to the site of the UN building, where he has spoken several times as UNICEF's “Goodwill Ambassador”.
J-Hope's curated inspiration! was his achievement in dance and his role as a UNICEF ambassador, thus including issues of people with physical disabilities, such as, for example, Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii (1859), by Randolph Rogers.
Suga – Dolby Theater in Los Angeles
Sucks chose the first major American venue where BTS performed and which, according to him, was where “the dream of international recognition began”. The works he selected refer to moments the band spent together or reminders of creative immersion.
jung kook – Chunggu Building, Seoul
The Chunggu Building has been like a second home to them since their debut in 2013. jung kook it is Clasped Hands of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1853) by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, which was justified as a reflection of when the other band members held the youngest's hand amid various challenges. He also included Drummer (ca. 1765), from the Bow Porcelain Factory, as a nod to his own love of drums.