BTS have officially taken their second long-term break to recharge, starting December 6, and the group's leader, RM aka Namjoon, has kicked it off in style from Texas, USA.
All four members of the mega-popular band joined Instagram on December 6, with each giving fans a sneak peek at what they are up to this break. RM surprised fans by posting a series of images from The Chinati Foundation, a contemporary art museum located in Marfa, Texas.
BTS' Namjoon aka RM is a lover of the arts
The BTS member is well known for his love for all things art. Thus it is no surprise that he chose this quaint art museum as his first destination.
RM gave a short tour of the place on his Instagram account, sharing images from his favorite art installations from the area. As one can see from his photos, Chinati Foundation’s pieces combine art, architecture, and land to create stunning works of art. Namjoon captioned the series of images in his trademark style, “In Judd we trust,” referring to the museum’s founder Donald Judd.
Chinati Foundation was founded by the famous minimalist artist Donald Judd, who left New York City in the 70s to relocate to this small town in Texas. Marfa, home to only 1800 residents, has become a major center for minimalist art and a must-visit for art lovers across the world. Marfa’s official website describes it as “a place where the past is present” and as “where celebrities go to escape.” According to NPR, Marfa itself is a piece of art, “an unlikely art oasis in a desert town.”
RM has often spoken about his life philosophy of “Namjooning”, and if the town’s description is anything to go by, Marfa appears to be the ideal place for it- “the act of living as Kim Namjoon.” This includes “taking walks through parks, admiring nature, hanging out with crabs, and having fun with friends.”
The BTS leader's fans were pleasantly surprised by his place of choice, and several American fans exclaimed at how close he was to them. Most agreed that this was the perfect place for RM.
Namjoon also shared several Instagram stories while taking a tour of the place. In one, he could be seen enthusiastically asking questions to the museum’s curator, being the art enthusiast that he is.
The Instagram posts and RM’s poses in them have made the Internet quickly label him “boyfriend material”, with ARMY gushing over his good looks and charming demeanor.
Interestingly, several ARMY members pointed out a fun BTS easter egg regarding Chinati Foundation. An aerial image of the buildings of the museum revealed that they were placed exactly like a seven, which happens to be the number of members in BTS! While this might be a coincidence, many have already declared it destiny.
Several other art museums in the area have already extended an invitation to the BTS frontliner, asking him to visit, including the Kimbell Art Museum.
Meanwhile, RM is not the only BTS member in the USA right now. While Jin, Jimin, and Jungkook may have returned to Korea, Suga, J-Hope, and V have chosen to stay back in America for now. The gang will be back together for the Grammys, where BTS has been nominated for Pop Duo/group performance.