BTS member RM recently donated 100 million won to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Foundation!
According to an official press release from the Foundation, RM donated 100 million won with the intention of encouraging a culture of reading “beautiful art books.”
This donation was made in celebration of RM’s birthday, which was on September 12th. His gift will be used to produce art books that need to be reissued and are hard to obtain; works that have been published by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art will be prioritized. These books will then be donated to 400 libraries across the country and the libraries of elementary, middle, and high schools located in isolated areas.
The donated books will be a part of an eight-book set. Seven books will be by Korean artists Kim Whan Ki, Lee Jung Seob, Pen Varlen, Yoo Yeong Guk, Park Rae Hyun, Yun Hyong Keun, and Lee Seung Jo. One of two exhibition books by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art will be included as well: Birth of the Modern Art Museum: Art and Architecture of MMCA Deoksugung and The Modern and Contemporary Korean Writing. A total of 4,000 books will be donated, and these books will also be available in libraries and MMCA art book cafes next month.
Yoon Bum Mo, the director of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Foundation, said, “I was elated and surprised when RM expressed his wishes to help young people who do not have the opportunity to visit art museums have better access to the arts. Together with RM, who often visits art museums despite his busy schedule and has influenced others to take interest in art, I will do my best to spread the book reading culture.”