BTS’s RM Went From Visiting The Met To Speaking There In Just Two Years

BTS‘s RM is a testament to Drake‘s iconic lyrics, “Started from the bottom, and now we’re here.”

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BTS’s RM in New York City on September 20, 2021. | @BTS_twt/Twitter

We know BTS truly came from nothing and have grown a lot. So much has changed over the years.

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From left: BTS’s Jungkook, Jin, Suga, RM, Jimin, J-Hope, and V at the Met. | @BTS_twt/Twitter

Just two years ago, though they were still quite popular then too, leader RM was able to visit the Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and even take a photo amongst the crowd outside (it is New York City, after all).

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| @BTS_twt/Twitter via @xxoheejin/Twitter

As an art-lover and someone who enjoys visiting museums, this was a great trip for RM. He truly appreciates every kind of art.

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RM outside the Met in 2019. | @BTS_twt/Twitter

After BTS’s speech at the 76th United Nations General Assembly, he revisited the Met. This time, it was for a different reason.

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RM speaking at the Met. | @BTS_twt/Twitter

Monday was very busy for the group! In the evening, after their UN address, RM visited the Met with his members and South Korea’s first lady Kim Jung Sook, wife of President Moon Jae In. They were there for much more than just a casual visit.

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“BTS with Korean First Lady Kim Jung Sook, culture minister Hwang Hee, Met director Max Hollein, the museum’s president and CEO Dan Weiss, Mike Hearn, the Chairman of the Asian Art Department, and NYC’s Commissioner for International Affairs, Penny Abeywardena.”

They went to present a gift set of five colorful lacquerware vessels by Chung Haecho from the South Korean government to the Met. As BTS is a group that takes pride in spreading Korean culture worldwide, they were an excellent choice to help present the gift.

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Chung Haecho’s “Rhythm of the Five Color Luster.” | Paula Lobo via The Met

RM also spoke at the Met along with the presentation, sharing his appreciation for art. He said that it was an honor to speak at the Met, mentioning how he had visited there just two years prior to this speech. He was also excited to do it next to an art piece he loves, Alex Da Corte’s bird mobile.

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.

— RM

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RM speaking at the Met.

Just last week, fans wondered why BTS were missing out on attending the 2021 Met Gala, some even making their own edits of the members attending instead. At the time, the members were preparing for their Special Presidential Envoy For Future Generations and Culture appointment.

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From left: V, Jungkook, RM, Jin, Suga, Jimin, and J-Hope | @bts_bighit/Twitter

While RM has visited the Met before, he is hoping for another visit again. After speaking there, he shared that he wants to revisit to look at all of his favorite artists.

There are many artworks I love personally in the Met, I want to come to here again as a person, Kim Namjoon.

— RM

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BTS visiting the Met with South Korean First Lady Kim Jung Sook.

Fans are forever proud of BTS and their accomplishments. They deserve all their success!

Check out RM’s speech below:

Read more about the art piece BTS presented set to be featured in one of the Met’s upcoming exhibitions:

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

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