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Can You Guess Which BTS Star Visited Dia:Beacon?

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The Dia:Beacon Museum, United States of America. Wikimedia Commons / Velvet

In case you missed it: the leader of BTS visited Dia:Beacon. Our resident ARMY and editor traces his steps and favorite pieces.

Hudson Valley ARMY—you’re in for a treat! After selling out four massive shows at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium (home of the 2022 Superbowl), sweeping the American Music Awards (winning the coveted Best Artist of the Year), and receiving a second Grammy nomination, it’s no surprise that BTS is going on much-needed break.

The seven-piece K-pop group has been pumping out hit and after hit throughout the pandemic, with chart-topping tunes like “Dynamite,” “Butter,” and “Permission to Dance.” With a final bow at SoFi, the band—comprised of leader RM, Jin, Suga, J-hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook—announced a temporary hiatus before a series of concerts in Seoul, South Korea. Jin, Jimin, and Jungkook flew back to Seoul for some R&R; Suga bopped around recording studios in LA; J-hope and V vacationed in Hawaii with family; and RM… well that’s where the Hudson Valley comes in.

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Among the group’s fans—known as ARMY—RM is known for his artsy and intelligent energy, and interest in the arts and humanities. He’s a book worm and frequent visitor of museums and installations. (He even has an IQ of 148.) BTS’ break was the beginning of RM’s American museum tour and the members’ Instagram accounts. With RM’s page, @rkive, ARMY and casual fans are given a firsthand look at his travels.

First, he visited the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX—known for its contemporary minimalism by founder Donald Judd—and Rothko Chapel and Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. RM then flew to Washington, DC, where he roamed the great halls of the National Gallery of Art, trekked through the National Mall, and explored Georgetown. He rounded out his DMV trip with a glimpse at the Glenstone Museum’s pavilion exhibits in Potomac, Maryland.

Finally, the producer and rapper arrived in New York. After a quick stop at the KAWS: SPOKE TOO SOON exhibit (everyone knows about BTS’ love for KAWS) at the Skarstedt Gallery in the Upper East Side, RM boarded a Metro-North on Monday. Where to? Oh, only one of the best museums in the Hudson Valley: Dia:Beacon.

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RM dedicated two whopping posts of the Valley gem and presumably fell in love with the 1960s and ’70s contemporary art. Photos of Dan Flavin’s fluorescent tubes arranged in various configurations littered his social feed, making us assume Flavin might’ve been RM’s favorite artist of the visit. He posed for shots in Flavin’s interactive untitled (to you, Heiner, with admiration and affection), a vibrant, neon green sculpture that illuminates an industrial-style space. Gorgeous shots of untitled (to the real Dan Hill) and other Flavin works were also featured.

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Also posted were photos of Donald Judd’s geometrical sculptures, Untitled, where 12 stainless steel and Plexiglass boxes are scattered throughout the installation space. Of course, RM is a big fan of Judd’s work. The leader took photos in front of Negative Megalith #5, a large stone entombed in a wall cutout, by Michael Heizer; and roamed throughout the space that houses Heizer’s North, East, South, West. Louise Bourgeois’ massive and unsettling Crouching Spider (a bronze, polished patina, and stainless-steel spider…), and Mario Merz’s glass domed 8, 5, 3 made the cut, too.

Did RM visit other Beacon staples like Glazed Over Donuts, The Beacon Daily, or the Roundhouse? Unless he posts on Instagram, the world will never know…But, what we do know is that Hudson Valley art lovers and ARMY can trace the footsteps of BTS and interact with RM’s favorite pieces at Dia:Beacon from Fridays—Sundays, 10 a.m.—4 p.m.

BTS returns to the limelight in March 2022 to perform at mega stages in Seoul. ARMY speculates this will cue the announcement of their next world tour—which will most likely include the nearby MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Perhaps RM’s return to the Valley in 2022 will take him to Storm King Art Center or Art Omi? We sure hope so!

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