KAHLIL GIBRAN: A Guide for Our Times is a CARAVAN peacebuilding touring
exhibition that will culminate at Sotheby's in London between 6-10 August 2018,
featuring over 38 acclaimed contemporary artists from the Middle East inspired by the
universal message of peace and harmony found in Kahlil Gibran’s poetry, writing and
art, such as in his best-selling book The Prophet, which celebrates its 95th publishing
anniversary this year.
The exhibition visually highlights how Kahlil Gibran, a supreme East-West figure, can be
an unparalleled guide for our times, related to peace, harmony and the building of
bridges between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and West. Reflecting the
compelling universal spiritual contribution that Kahlil Gibran has made and continues to
make to the world, the exhibition will show how Gibran’s voice is timeless and can be a
guiding spirit for our times. Gibran’s work focuses on the themes that unite all peoples
and religions, leading the reader or viewer on a journey towards peace and harmony,
reconnecting us with humanity.
Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese born poet-artist, who immigrated from Lebanon to the US in
the late 1800s, and who came into worldwide renown in the 1920s, visited London in
1910 at the end of a two-year period of art studies in Paris. While in London he was
profoundly influenced by the mystical work of the poet-painter William Blake and deeply
impressed with the paintings of William Turner. During Gibran’s short visit to London
with two compatriots, they came up with an ambitious plan to reconcile the faiths in the
Arab world on a grand artistic scale. And in London they sketched plans for an opera
house in Beirut showcasing two domes, one resembling a church basilica and the other
featuring mosque minarets, symbolizing the reconciliation of the two religions.
The exhibition will run from 6 – 10 August 2018 at Sotheby’s Mayfair galleries in London
and a percentage of the artwork sales will go to charity, toward peacebuilding in the
Middle East through the arts.
The exhibition is co-curated by Janet Rady and Marion Fromlet Baecker. CARAVAN
previously held similar exhibitions inspired by Kahlil Gibran with acclaimed artists in
Bahrain and Egypt in the spring of 2018. The two exhibitions, together with a selection
of work from new artists, will all come together for this larger exhibition at Sotheby’s.
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