Google commemorates the Army’s centennial with a BTS street view tour
On July 9, BTS Army turns 9 years old (more precisely, the official announcement of its name). As Twitter celebrates its anniversary, Google is partnering with the group to launch a new Street View experiment with its artistic and cultural platform. The BTS x Street Galleries exhibition takes visitors on a virtual journey through the group’s favorite artwork.
Each member has prepared a virtual gallery where their choices are placed in various public places most recognizable to BTS fans. J-Hope honored the United Nations General Assembly where BTS made a speech and filmed a music video last year. RM leads fans to Namdaemun from Seoul while BTS performs for Citizen Live Global Festival 2021.
Some members of BTS are well-known art lovers (including frontman RM, who recently discussed his collection in the Art Basel podcast), but others have never been more outspoken about their tastes. Despite tiny flaws here and there, the experience offers an interesting look at each participant’s artistic interests along with a healthy personality. V describes yacht photography as “my kind of jam”. Jean Antonio Corradini writes of Adonis: “Everyone knows that I am as beautiful a corpse as this Adonis. Jungkook says, “I like to photograph clouds because each cloud is completely different from the next.”
The Culture and Art platform offers online tours of many popular galleries and other sights, including the Alhambra and the Pyramids of Giza. As part of the Experiments section, where artists can test different ideas, BTS x Street Galleries is an interesting look at the role of art in public space and a possible conversation starter.