Sharjah’s House of Wisdom has unveiled a new exhibition dedicated to Lebanese artist and poet Gibran Khalil Gibran, also known as Kahlil Gibran. Titled A Window to the Soul: Gibran Khalil Gibran, the exhibition will feature 34 of his works in a celebration of his life and irreplaceable contributions to the world of art. Visitors will also be able to experience 15 never-seen-before creations from the artist. The central feature of the show is a variety of artworks across various mediums such as oil, gauche, watercolor, and charcoal sketches.
The exhibition was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah. The Ruler also toured the exhibition and viewed a special display dedicated to some of Gibran’s personal belongings including four manuscript notebooks, his watercolor set, and easel, the galley proof, and plate proof of his magnum opus, The Prophet. His Highness was also briefed on the categorization of the exhibition into seven parts: A Window, Connections: Roots and Branches, Formation; Study: Faces, Medium: Red Chalk, Method: Perspective, ending with The Soul.
The House of Wisdom, in partnership with the Gibran National Committee and The Gibran Museum, has organized this exhibition which is sponsored by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and supported by the Barjeel Art Foundation.
Kahlil Gibran, born in 1883 in Bsharri, Ottoman Syria, explored various mediums of literature and art throughout his life and discussed various themes such as religion, free will, justice, and happiness, in his works. His book The Prophet was published in 1923 and has never gone out of circulation since.
A Window to the Soul: Gibran Khalil Gibran is open for viewing until January 6, 2022.