Art Industry News: How a 27-Year-Old K-Pop Superstar Became One of the World’s Hottest Art Patrons + Other Stories


Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Thursday, August 25.


Dismantling of Soviet-era memorial underway in Poland – The removal of a memorial to Red Army soldiers in Brzeg, southwestern Poland, began on Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday, which also marked six months since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. The demolition is part of a wider campaign to dismantle unwanted communist symbols across the country, which was occupied by Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II and under Moscow’s control until 1989 .(PA)

RM on his new role as a patron of the arts – The 27-year-old leader of K-pop superboy band BTS has quickly become one of the world’s most visible art patrons. He has donated money to museums and loaned works from his collection, which ranges from international contemporary art to Joseon Dynasty calligraphy. Now he plans to open his own art space, but he has to be “really calm and calm, but he still has to look cool, like Axel [Vervoordt]he said, referring to the eclectic art dealer who inspired the likes of Kanye West. (NYT)

Black female artists resign en masse from Wisconsin Triennial – About half of the 23 artists featured in the exhibit curated by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art fired their works in opposition to what they describe in an open letter as ‘shameful mistreatment of black artists, contractors and staff throughout the exhibition. The museum has denied the allegations, which were sparked by the vandalism of a facility. (ART news)


Director of the Wexner Center for the Arts Names – Gaëtane Verna, formerly artistic director of the Power Plant in Toronto, will succeed Johanna Burton, who left the Wexner last fall to direct the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. (art forum)

Pérez Art Museum Miami Appoints Chief Curator – Gilbert Vicario was previously chief curator at the Phoenix Art Museum, where he oversaw exhibitions such as “Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist.” He begins his new role on October 10. (Press release)

The Hirshhorn goes on an acquisition spree – The Washington, DC institution has revealed a cache of 95 artworks by 60 artists acquired since November 2019. Highlights include works by Amoako Boafo, Jeffrey Gibson, Zanele Muholi and Somnyama Ngonyama. (Press release)

Harper’s will hold a Pop Up in Seoul – To coincide with Seoul’s inaugural Frieze, the Harper Gallery is hosting a pop-up in collaboration with nonprofit The Here and There Co. (THAT Co.) at the Shilla Hotel. More than 50 artists were invited to create stationery designs for the occasion. (Press release)


The return of the Bangkok Art Biennale – A diverse line-up of 73 artists will present works in 12 venues across the Thai capital, from art spaces to shopping malls to historic temples like Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Wat Prayoon. Participating artists include Marina Abramović, Antony Gormley, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Ukrainian Zhanna Kadyrova and local devotee Satu ≠ Padu Collaborative. The show runs from October 22 to February 23, 2023. (Press release)

Zhanna Kadyrova, Second hand (2019). Photo Nestor Kim. Image courtesy of the artist.

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