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Wrightwood 659 Announces Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk

Wrightwood 659 Announces Spring Exhibitions April 14 – July 15, 2023

Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk features the work of award-winning animation director and visual artist Kong Khong-chang, known as Kongkee. Part comic book, part motion picture, part meditation on history, the exhibition is presented through dazzling animated vignettes projected across walls and on screens. Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk traces the story of legendary Chinese poet Qu Yuan as his soul journeys from the ancient Chu Kingdom to an imagined 21st century Asia of cyborgs, electric rock, and romantic reunions. Ancient Chinese bronzes from the Warring States Period (c. 481-221 BCE) accompany Kongkee’s graphic artworks, referencing a time when China emerged from myth into history with the founding of the Qin dynasty, the first of Imperial China. Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk intertwines legend with an allegorical future where immortal life can be attained through technology.

Born in Malaysia in 1977 and raised in Hong Kong, Kongkee lives and works in London.

Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, where it debuted in November 2022, and curated by its head of contemporary art, Abby Chen.

Presented by Alphawood Exhibitions at Wrightwood 659.

About Wrightwood 659
Founded in 2018, Wrightwood 659 is a private, non-collecting institution devoted to socially engaged art and architecture. Wrightwood 659 was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, who transformed a 1920s residential building with his signature concrete forms and poetic treatment of natural light. Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and acclaimed as “a hidden treasure,” Wrightwood 659’s soaring and light-filled galleries offer both intimate and monumental experiences as visitors engage with the pressing issues of our time. Exhibitions are presented by Alphawood Exhibitions at Wrightwood 659. For additional information: https://wrightwood659.org

About Alphawood Exhibitions
Alphawood Exhibitions is an affiliate of Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based, grant-making private foundation working for an equitable, just, and humane society. 

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