BTS leader RM (a.k.a. Namjoon) turned 26 last September 12 and to celebrate, RM chose to share his blessings and donate to a museum's art book campaign.
[#RM생일ㅊㅋ]— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) September 11, 2020
사랑보다도 더 사랑합니다.
💜🎂💜#RM #김남준 #나무준 #회원님생일축하많이해주실거죠 #남주니생일입니당 #남무행알 pic.twitter.com/iKDqgcPqDL
In keeping up with what now seems to be an annual tradition of donating to good causes on his birthday (last year's beneficiary was the Samsung Deaf School), RM reportedly donated 100 million won (approximately US$84,563) to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Foundation in South Korea. The donation will be used to support the printing of rare and out-of-print art books.
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Some of these books will be sent to about 400 public and school libraries across the country, with the rest to be made available at the museum’s bookstore.
A part-timer at one of the recipient libraries shared photos of the books from RM's donation. It also came with a handwritten note which read: "I hope you enjoy reading these [books] and get a lot of comfort and inspiration like me. Art is not hard! It is right next to us!"
좀전에 제가 알바로 일하는 구립도서관에 택배가 도착했어요. #남준 이란 이름을 보자마자 얼마 전 국립현대미술관에 #RM 이 1억 원을 기증한 기사가 떠올랐죠. 와! 이렇게 RM의 선물을 눈앞에서 받게 될 줄이야. 너무 감격스럽고 다시 한번 귀중한 선물해준 #BTS 남준에게 고마움 전해요💜 pic.twitter.com/JTFr9jd03R— Debora Jung (@debora80) November 6, 2020
Director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art Yoon Beom-mo said, “RM expresses his willingness to support the art field where he has been inspired and rested. I am happy and surprised to hear that and I will try to spread our art book reading culture with RM, who often visits art galleries even on busy schedules and gives a good influence on expanding interest in art.” In spite of his busy schedule, RM has squeezed in visits to the likes of the Lotte Museum of Art, Sejong Centre Art Gallery, Museum SAN, and Bonte Museum.
🎂 Happy Birthday to me 🎂 pic.twitter.com/DjOU9Nw4XR— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) September 11, 2020
Gifted not only with an ear for music, but also with an eye for art, RM is an avid supporter of Korean artists. Throughout the years, he has reportedly curated a substantial art collection with the works of local painters such as Yun Hyong Keun, Joung Young Ju, and Kim Chong Hak.
This year, BTS, as a group, has donated to Live Nation's Crew Nation, an initiative for the live music workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as to the Black Lives Matter movement.
BTS recently made history by topping the Billboard Hot 100 charts with their first English song, 'Dynamite'. This year, the K-pop group also became shareholders of their management company, Big Hit Entertainment.
Watch BTS perform 'Dynamite' here: