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Khalil Gibran’s writings bring inspiration to London exhibition

August 19, 2018 - Karen Dabrowska

LONDON - More than 500 visitors packed Sotheby’s north galleries on the opening of “A Guide for Our Times,” an exhibition of the works of 38 artists inspired by the writings — especially “The Prophet” — of Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran (1883-1931).

“The Prophet” is divided into chapters dealing with topics of life, including love, marriage, children, joy and sorrow, crime and punishment, freedom, passion, friendship, good and evil, religion and death. Each painting was accompanied by a brief biography of the artist, an artist’s statement and the quote from Gibran, mostly from “The Prophet,” that inspired the work.

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Middle Eastern art exhibition celebrates life and work of Kahlil Gibran

August 17, 2018 - Denise Murray

LONDON: What is it about the work of the famed Lebanese poet, writer and artist Kahlil Gibran that touches the hearts of so many people across the world today, decades on from his death in 1931? An exhibition of art inspired by his writings held this month at Sotheby’s in London provided an opportunity to consider that question

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August 16, 2018 - Tatomir Ion-Marius

Pe data de 8 august a.c. la casa de licitaţii Sotheby’s din Londra s-a ţinut o seară culturală CARAVAN în jurul expoziţiei lor de artă ce promovează pacea, şi a inclus lucrările a 38 de artişti din Orientul Mijlociu inspiraţi de mesajul universal al păcii şi al armoniei care se regăsesc în poezia, scrierile şi arta poetului-artist născut în Liban Kahlil Gibran, autorul celei mai bine vândute cărţi ”Profetul.”

Remarci au fost împărtăşite de către E.S. Rami Mortada, ambasadorul Republicii Liban în Regatul Unit al Marii Britanii şi Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler, preşedintele fondator al ONG-ului CARAVAN, urmate de muzică performată de celebrul instrumentist de oud Joseph Tawadros.

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CARAVAN's peacebuilding exhibition at Sotheby's in London

August 15, 2018

Bahrain Arts Magazine was invited to an art exhibition featuring 38 premier Middle Eastern contemporary artists inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s message of peace and harmony held at Sotheby’s in London - 6-10 August 2018.

Kahlil Gibran - A Guide for Our Times is a strategic East-West peace-building exhibition inspired by the beloved Lebanese born poet-artist Kahlil Gibran’s universal message of peace and harmony found in his poetry, writings and art, and perhaps best seen in his best-selling book The Prophet, which celebrates its 95th publishing anniversary this year. The exhibition is organized by CARAVAN, an international peace-building arts NGO, and co-curated by Janet Rady and Marion Fromlet Baecker. Of the 38 artists exhibited, 14 were from Bahrain.

Below is a profile of each of the Bahraini artists and the piece of work exhibited.

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Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, the artist working wonders on the edge of the Mediterranean

August 14, 2018

The Cap Ferrat-based artist is working on a new show responding to the work of the polymath Jean Cocteau

The Mediterranean coast of France has a long and storied history of playing host to artists. Cézanne painted at L’Estaque, and later Picasso and Braque were captivated by the area’s rugged landscape and classical heritage. Andre Dérain and the Fauves found inspiration for their vivid canvases in the shimmering heat of the Mediterranean at Collioure, as did Matisse at Nice. Marc Chagall called Saint-Paul-de-Vence home for 30 years.

The French artist, poet, filmmaker and all-round polymath Jean Cocteau became a part of this tradition in 1950, when he visited a friend, Francine Weisweiller, at the villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. He intended on a two-week stay, yet 12 years later, he was still returning to the villa, to bedeck it with mosaics, frescos and a tapestry. Everything from floor to ceiling was adorned with his works, and the villa Santo Sospir became known as La villa tatouée.

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Kahlil Gibran: Poet, Painter, Prophet

August 12, 2018 - Paula Marvelly

A guide for our times

“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. 
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”
Kahlil Gibran, “The Prophet”

THUS SPAKE GIBRAN KAHLIL GIBRAN through the voice of Almustafa, the chosen and beloved one, in his timeless and seminal masterpiece, The Prophet. Similar to William Blake and Carl Gustav Jung, who both wrote and painted with equal dexterity and accomplishment about the interior journey, the Lebanese mystic is one of those rare souls who effortlessly created a corpus of work unmatched in modern times.

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Egyptian and Arab artists featured in Sotheby’s Kahlil Gibran-themed exhibition

August 6, 2018 - Soha Elsirgany

Sotheby’s gallery in London is opening a group exhibition titled Kahlil Gibran: Guide for our Times on 6 August, featuring nine Egyptian artists, along with 38 others from across the Middle East.

The exhibition runs until 10 August, and is organised in collaboration with Caravan, an Egyptian initiative based in Chicago that curates touring exhibitions that promote peace and tolerance.

The show is co-curated by Janet Rady and Marion Fromlet Baecker and is in partnership with The Arab British Centre.

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A Show Of Female Middle Eastern Artists Travels To Nashville

August 6, 2018 - IRENE PROMODH

Having just finished a two-month show in Seattle, CARAVAN takes group exhibition I AM to the Tennessee city as it continues to blaze the trail with its all-women show of Middle Eastern art.

CARAVAN, a global peace-building arts non-profit with Egyptian origin, has shaken up the Middle East with its exhibitions and international tours that have encouraged dialogue between the Middle East and the West to promote greater intercultural understanding. Founded by Paul-Gordon Chandler in 2009, the organisation has earned a reputation as a flag-bearer of peace for its efforts to break down stereotypes and bring communities together. Its success at Art Bahrain Across Borders earlier this year was marked by a Khalil Gibran-inspired exhibition that featured works by 18 Bahraini and international artists on the subject of peacebuilding. 

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Lebanon's most famous son: Why Kahlil Gibran's words are still prophetic today

August 4, 2018 - Nick Leech

The publishing star's spiritual message of love, peace and understanding is a century old - a series of artworks inspired by his work exemplify why he will never be forgotten 

The works embedded throughout this article all draw directly from Kahlil Gibran's works and are from the exhibition A Guide for Our Times...

This week and next sees separate events in London celebrating the life and work of one of Lebanon’s most famous sons, Kahlil Gibran, an artist and author whose enduring reputation rests on his most famous work, The Prophet. The book of lyrical spiritual guidance has earned Gibran a global following since it was first published in 1923.

Ninety-five years later, Gibran’s influence continues to hold sway: last Wednesday, a new theatrical musical received its premiere at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket. Set against the backdrop of early 20th-century New York and Beirut, The Broken Wings is a tragic tale of migration, dislocation and thwarted love, with the plot based on a poetic 1912 novel of the same name, which was written in Arabic before Gibran achieved international recognition.

An exhibition, Kahlil Gibran: A Guide for Our Times, also opens at Sotheby’s Mayfair galleries next Monday, and features works by 38 artists, each of whom have responded in some way to Gibran’s work.

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A glimpse of Persian culture in London

August 4, 2018 - Antonia Filmer

Neda Dana-Haeri is very passionate about her Persian cultural heritage; she remembers her father used to quote excerpts from Ferdowsi’s The Book of Kings from memory, she describes the Book of Kings as the nationalistic epic of pre-islamic Iran. Coming from an academic family Neda studied psychology at University College London; she expected herself to be a serious professional and for years pursued a career as a marketing consultant, until the “Simorgh” plucked her from the business world and cast her into the infinity of the colour turquoise. Simorgh(Phoenix), who perpetually inspires Neda, translates from Persian as 30 birds and is the symbol of eternal rebirth and the complete circle of life.


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