About the Bruce Lee Exhibition Series
The Do You Know Bruce? exhibition series at the Wing Luke Museum provides fresh and untold perspectives on Bruce Lee’s life and his connection to Seattle. Developed in partnership with Bruce Lee’s wife and daughter and the Bruce Lee Foundation, it is the only interactive exhibition, outside of Hong Kong, about Bruce Lee. Featuring personal family items and memorabilia, the exhibition series give both an intimate and wide angle approach to detailing his personal philosophy as well as the external influences and circumstances that helped shaped his journey from a young student in Seattle to a global icon who continues to inspire millions.
There’s more to Bruce than you think.
In 1999, Time Magazine named Bruce Lee one of the most influential people of the century. He inspired – and continues to inspire – millions of people, 40 years after his death, through his trailblazing work in martial arts, film and fitness. He was an international superstar but for Asian Pacific Americans, he was much more. While his one-inch punch raised the bar for martial artists, his skill, hard work, and determination to break media stereotypes of Asian Pacific Americans was game-changing in advancing racial equality. A significant part of who Bruce Lee became was due to his life in Seattle.
In Seattle, Bruce Lee worked at the legendary Ruby Chow’s Restaurant, launched his first martial arts studio, formed his philosophical roots, and met and fell in love with Linda Lee, a Garfield High School graduate. For him, Seattle was a time of obstacles and sacrifices as well as growth and development… and would become his final home.
Part 3 - Now on Display
Day in the Life of Bruce Lee
Opens October 1, 2016
In an all-new Part 3 of the Bruce Lee exhibition series, explore what it took to become “Bruce Lee.” Get a glimpse of how Bruce Lee approached his every day – from his personal habits, routines, and work out strategies to his written and visual art, reading, and time with family and friends. The new exhibition will give you a chance to see how Bruce Lee approached life in a multi-faceted way and encourage you to find your own inspiration and approach. He tirelessly cultivated three areas he identified as important – body, mind and spirit. Strengthening each of those areas was Bruce Lee’s path to the ultimate – honestly and authentically expressing oneself to realize one’s potential.
See from his perspective what it took to become "Bruce Lee” and get one step closer to understanding how that became possible.
Do You Know Bruce? Breaking Barriers
On display October 3, 2015 - September 4, 2016
Still rooted in his Seattle story, Year 2 tackles Bruce Lee’s larger than life impact in the media and film industry. From Green Hornet to Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee defied stereotypes, broke barriers and transformed media perceptions by insisting on playing roles of real people rather than of Chinese male caricatures.
New rarely seen memorabilia includes:
- Largest display ever of The Green Hornet toys and collectibles
- Personal letters from his early television career
- Behind-the-scene photos from the sets of The Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon
- Handwritten film notes by Bruce for Game of Death
- Rare photo of inside his early studio in Seattle’s Chinatown
- Photos from his apartment in the University District where he launched his early studio and fell in love with wife Linda
Inspired by Bruce Lee's infamous one-inch punch, the exhibition features a custom one-inch punch interactive station, developed in partnership with University of Washington. Visitors can test and measure the g-force of their own one-inch punches.
Do You Know Bruce?
On display October 4, 2014 - September 6, 2015
For newcomers or those who only know the film roles, this exhibit may transform you into a die-hard fan, as you come to understand the rich textures of his life.
In the opening year, Bruce Lee’s philosophy, personal letters/writings, training equipment and artifacts from his martial studio were featured. It will featured interactive multi-media displays, never-before-seen personal belongings and collector memorabilia related to Bruce Lee’s time in Seattle and the Chinatown-International District, his relationship with Linda and family, and his global influence and legacy.
Part 1 items included:
- Handwritten poems reflecting Bruce's experience in Seattle
- Birth announcement for Brandon and snapshots of him as a baby
- Boxing glove and head gear used by Bruce for training
- Original press kit materials from Fists of Fury, The Chinese Connection, Return of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon, and Game of Death.