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LOOK: BTS visits The Met in New York

Rappler
LOOK: BTS visits The Met in New York

THE MET. BTS' leader Kim Nam-joon, popularly known as RM, gave a speech at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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BTS, together with South Korea's First Lady Kim Jung-sook, present The Met with a piece from Chung Hae-cho

Following their speech at the  76th United Nations General Assembly, K-pop group BTS visited New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday, September 21 (Monday, September 20 in the USA) to present a gift from the South Korean government. The group was joined by South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook. 

“Yesterday, we were thrilled to welcome South Korea’s First Lady Kim Jung-sook; Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Hwang Hee, and the Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture,” The Met said on Twitter.

According to the thread, BTS presented The Met with Chung Hae-cho’s Rhythm of the Five Color Luster. “Together in a private ceremony, they presented an exceptional work by Chung Hae-cho – one of the leading lacquer artists in Korea – as a gift from the South Korean government to the Museum,” The Met tweeted. 

Rhythm of the Five Color Luster consists of five vessels whose colors relate to “obangsaek,” a traditional Korean color spectrum. The piece will be featured in The Met’s Shell and Resin: Korean Mother-of-Pearl and Lacquer exhibit in December. 

BTS’s leader RM also spoke about South Korea’s arts and culture during their visit. “The eyes of the world are on Korean culture – Korean dramas, Korean film, Korean music – but there are still many great Korean artists who are yet to be discovered by the world,” he said, according to The Art Newspaper. 

RM added that as special presidential envoys, BTS felt “a special sense of pride” to be able to help showcase the works of other artists from their country on international platforms. 

Composed of Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, BTS is the biggest pop group in the world today. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group had been performing in sold-out concerts all over the world. – Rappler.com