BTS Presents A Gift From The South Korean Government To The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

They presented art to be featured in one of the Met’s upcoming exhibitions.

After their speech at the 76th United Nations General Assembly, the BTS members visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) with South Korea’s First Lady, Kim Jung Sook, and the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Hwang Hee.

New York City’s Commissioner for International Affrairs Penny Abeywardena, CEO and President of The Met Dan Weiss, Met Director Max Hollein, First lady Kim Jung Sook, Minister Hwang Hee, Chairman of the Asian Art Department Mike Hearn, and BTS | @nycinternationalaffairs/Instagram

During their visit to The Met, the members presented the museum with a gift from the South Korean government. They presented the museum with artist Chung Hae Cho‘s piece, Rhythm of the Five Color Luster. This piece is based on the five elements of East Asian cosmology, which are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.

Rhythm of the Five Color Luster | The Art Newspaper

Chung Hae Cho is known as a master of ottchil, Korean lacquer, and Rhythm of the Five Color Luster will be featured during the Met’s exhibition Shell and Resin: Korean Mother-of-Pearl and Lacquer, which will run from December 13, 2021 to July 5, 2022.

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During their visit to the museum, the BTS members joined the First Lady, the Culture Minister, and other invited guests for a look at the Met’s collection of Korean art.

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BTS’s leader, RM, also gave a speech about Korean culture and art during the group’s visit to the Met.

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RM said, “The eyes of the world are on Korean culture, Korean dramas, Korean films, and Korean music, but there are still many great Korean artists who are yet to be discovered by the world.” 

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He also added that BTS feels a “special sense of pride” thanks to their ability to support the works of other artists from South Korea.

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For more info on BTS’s visit to New York, check out the article below:

10+ Must-See Moments From BTS’s “Permission To Dance” United Nations General Assembly Performance

 

Source: The Art Newspaper and Bandwagon Asia

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