New shows at S.F.’s Asian Art Museum deserve your attention

“The Tears,” Kongkee, 2020. Photo: Kongkee

The new Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion continues to pay dividends for the Asian Art Museum.

Part of the Civic Center institution’s $38 million expansion project by famed architect Kulapat Yantrasast, the art collective teamLab inaugurated the space last year with “Becoming,” an interactive digital-projection installation. The show was easily the best of 2021’s so-called immersive experiences that utilized the cinematic surround sound and visual technology. It was a feat the museum’s curator of contemporary art Abby Chen credited to the new wing’s flexibility. This includes building out areas for the computer systems required to execute such work, as well as the ability to dramatically transform the space itself.

The museum’s newest exhibition, “Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk,” is also made possible by the pavilion’s…

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