Bruce Lee: Artist of Life
Bruce Lee, a martial arts legend, is mostly known for his movies and kung fu. Little is known about his passion for writing poems and his inquisitive philosophical nature until today. “An artist of life” is what he was called. He died too soon but his thirty four years of life was full of artistry and culture.
A statue of Bruce Lee in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum opened an exhibit last 20th July 2013 and will run for five years paying homage to the master himself until 20 July 2018. The exhibit is called Bruce Lee: Kung Fu – Art – Life
, which is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Bruce Lee Foundation jointly organized it. The exhibit is also to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his untimely death. Lee died of a mysterious brain swelling, which was later on attributed to a prescription painkiller he was taking for a back pain. Fans and devotees can finally bask in his art because of the multimedia exhibit that Lee’s admirers can enjoy.
Bruce Lee’s Philosophy
Lee was once a student at the University of Washington who took up philosophy. Aside from his passion for philosophy, he was a voracious reader who had a thirst for learning. However, his philosophy to “be like water” is attributed to the major influence of Yip Man, his master, in his life.
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”
― Bruce Lee
Fortunately for Bruce Lee’s fans, a book came out entitled “Bruce Lee: Artist of Life”
that highlights and features his never-before-published private letters, notes and poems that showed the world his philosophical thoughts on life as well as his passion for martial arts, love, and parenthood. Lee was a poet who wrote freely without the limitations of verses. Below is a sample of the many Bruce Lee memorabilias that are on display at the exhibit.
A poem handwritten by Bruce Lee
To this day, Bruce Lee is still firmly embedded into the fibre of pop culture and is revered to be one of the greatest martial artists of all time.
Bruce Lee. (2015). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 03:04, Apr 02, 2015, from http://www.biography.com/people/bruce-lee-9542095.
Be Like Water . (2013). Brain Pickings webstie. Retrieved 3:48, Apr 02, 2015, from http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/05/29/like-water-bruce-lee-artist-of-life/
“Bruce Lee: Kung Fu – Art – Life”
This ongoing five-year major exhibition offers multimedia exhibits that include guided tours that comes for free with museum admission.
Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum
1 Man Lam Road
Sha Tin, New Territories
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Written by ExpatWoman.com's Gail Monique Mallo