With the season of giving in full swing, Wonder Girls‘ leader Sunye spent her Tuesday afternoon touring a Picasso exhibit at the National Palace Museum of Korea with children at a charity event today.
Since October 26th, the National Modern Art Gallery has held a special exhibit called “Picasso and Modern Art: Passion and Solitude” (‘피카소와 모던아트’), featuring a collection of over a hundred artworks from the Albertina Museum in Austria. The National Modern Art Gallery and the Community Chest teamed up for a year-end event admitting a hundred young attendees into the exhibition for free. The crowd, which included orphans and children from low-income families, received an exclusive exhibition tour during the two hour event. “The children are mostly from low income, single parent families so they haven’t enjoyed many cultural and social things. They were so excited about going to the gallery,” a teacher who attended the event explained.
Although it wasn’t part of the Wonder Girls’ schedule, Sunye decided to attend the event and enjoy the artwork with the students. She had already seen the exhibition a month ago but came back for this special event. She explained, “When I was little, I lost my mother and grew up with my grandmother. I wanted to do give back to the society for the help it has given me while I was growing up so I came back here.”
“The kids paid more attention to Sunye than the paintings,” one observer recounted with amusement. “Some little kids went up to Sunye and didn’t know who she was, but they loved her anyway because of her kindness.”