The Cultural Heritage Administration and the Overseas Cultural Heritage Foundation shared that BTS‘s RM recently delivered a donation of ₩100 million KRW (about $71,900 USD) for the preservation, restoration, and utilization of Korean cultural assets located in major museums and art galleries worldwide, mainly paintings.
The amount will also be used to create a catalog introducing Korean paintings. The foundation plans to start producing this catalog of Korean paintings scattered in significant museums and art galleries in each country after requesting a selection of works from experts in the field of painting and consultation with the holding institutions.
Last year, RM also quietly delivered a donation of ₩100 million KRW (about $71,900 USD) in September to preserve and restore Korean cultural assets. The donation was used to preserve and restore the Joseon Dynasty Hwa-Ot (ceremonial garment worn by a princess or princess during the Joseon Dynasty) in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the United States.
Only about forty pieces of Hwa-Ot from the Joseon Dynasty remain, of which thirty are in Korea and ten are overseas. It is estimated that the Hwa-Ot to which RM contributed to the preservation and restoration was made in the early 20th century.
Famously known as an art lover, RM also donated for the preservation, revival, and development of art, again worth ₩100 million KRW (about $71,900 USD) through the National Museum of Contemporary Art and Culture Foundation on his twenty-seventh birthday in September 2020.
RM also sponsored the production of books out of print that were difficult to obtain but needed to be reissued, mostly art books published by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. A total of 4,000 books were printed with RM’s support and donated to 400 public libraries nationwide and elementary and middle distributed, including high school libraries in mountainous areas.
"#RM made a generous donation to the MMCA for his 26th birthday in September 2020…At the time, the MMCA said that it would reissue eight art books that had since gone out of print. Around 4,000 books were then distributed…including public libraries and schools on islands…" pic.twitter.com/3zvdKcKweL
— ¹⁹⁹RM Global Union⁷₁₂₃ PROOF #OurPlanetHasNamjoon (@RMGlobalUnion) April 14, 2022
Back in 2019, RM also donated ₩100 million KRW (about $71,900 USD) to Seoul Samsung School, a special school for the hearing impaired. At the time, RM said, “I hope that students with hearing difficulties can enjoy music together in various ways.”