22 artists brought to life BTS songs through ‘Beyond the Scene’

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A painting titled “Idol” by Park Kyung-jin (Courtesy of Total Museum of Contemporary Art)

Discographies of K-pop sensation BTS are on display as artworks at the Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Jongno-gu, Seoul, until July 30.

The special exhibition, titled “Beyond the Scene” will be held to coincide with the third BTS Global Interdisciplinary Conference, scheduled to begin on Thursday, which will bring to life the septet’s songs and messages.

The title of the exhibition comes from the English initials of the K-pop act and the idea of ​​using art to “see beyond what you see.”

This year’s conference will be co-hosted by the International Society for BTS Studies and the Semiosis Research Center at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies under the theme “The Post-Pandemic Era, Welcome to the New Humanity” from Thursday to Saturday.

The band’s lyrics, album titles and excerpts from the band’s seven speeches were the main inspiration for the event, which serves as a bridge connecting modern art to K-pop act music.

“The exhibition has nothing to do with BTS or its agency, and we also do not hold any copyright regarding the band’s songs and videos. This is just an exhibition inspired by the band, and all proceeds will be donated to environmental and human rights organizations, ”said an official at the Total Museum.

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A painting titled “BTS Archive” by Jin Young-sun (Courtesy of Total Museum of Contemporary Art)

Paintings and installations by a total of 22 Korea-based artists are currently on display in the three-story building.

Of the 22 creators, several artists have previously collaborated with BTS.

Moon Sung-sic, an artist who created cover art for RM’s “Bicycle”, a single project for the group’s anniversary “Festa 2021,” participated in the event. Music video director Choi Jae-hoon, famous for making RM’s music video for “forever rain,” also participated in the exhibition.

Artwork by Choi Ki-chang inspired by

Artwork by Choi Ki-chang inspired by BTS’s “Yet To Come” (Courtesy of Total Museum of Contemporary Art)

Artist Choi Ki-chang showcased his art piece, which was greatly inspired by the band’s music video “Yet To Come”, a title track of the band’s anthology album “Proof,” released on June 10th. Jin Young-sun, an emerita professor at Korea University, presented an artwork titled “BTS archive” to show the band’s path over nine years.

Also on display is Park Kyung-jin’s drawing titled “Idol,” the group’s main track on the album “Love Yourself: Answer” released in 2018. The painting is also in the band’s music video.

Composer and conductor Henry Cheng wrote “Suit for Army,” a piece of music dedicated to the band’s fanbase, which was used as theme music during the exhibition.

“Beyond the Scene” opens on July 1 and will run until July 31. The exhibition runs from 11 am to 6 pm, except Mondays. Admission is 15,000 won.

By Park Jun-hee (junheee@heraldcorp.com)