The Immigration Museum at Melbourne recently announced their soon to be realized summer of love, showcasing two exciting exhibitions.
The first is called LOVE, about which we have already reported.
The second, Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet – will honour the legacy of this most fantastic literary giant’s wondrous and very wise words.
Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love.
Love, grief, marriage, work, friendship, children, time, freedom and death are all themes Lebanese-American poet, artist and philosopher Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) discussed in his works, especially his most famous and best-selling book The Prophet, excerpts of which has been read out at all sorts of ceremonies and events ever since.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
The wisdom and beauty of his words have meant today Kahlil Gibran has become one of the world’s most beloved literary figures, adored by millions world wide of which I am one, for he directed me to become a ‘seeker of silences’, very beneficial to my inner well-being.
Opening 28 Nov and running until 17 Mar 2019, the exhibition at the Immigration Museum will offer everyone from all walks of life and all backgrounds, an opportunity to reflect on our shared humanity and connections to each other, through cultural evolution, especially over the last fifty years.
Rohini Kappadath, Immigration Museum General Manager, who is a great admirer of the incredibly inspirational Kahlil Gibran and his works said,
“To many Gibran is a cultural icon and literary rebel. He took a great deal of inspiration from his own experiences as a migrant, and strove constantly to resolve cultural and human conflict. We hope visitors to this exhibition will be able to discover the power and relevance of his ideas and works today.”
Original paintings, sketches, manuscripts and artefacts will be on loan from the Gibran Museum in the poet’s hometown of Bsharri in Lebanon.
Exploring the life and work of this much-esteemed literary figure through his poetry, art and philosophies, this landmark show will honour Kahlil Gibran’s dearest dream; to tell a powerful migrant story as he did so succinctly in his most wondrous of all works, The Prophet
It has never been out of print and has been published in over 100 languages and dialects. A galley proof and plate created pre publishing will be on show.
If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.
Using wise and gentle words Kahlil Gibran sought to draw a response from his readers and followers by evoking every aspect of our human emotion. It was always with great care that he explored the impulses, feelings and criticisms of all our political and cultural norms.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. Your friend is your needs answered.
Kahlil Gibran’s words for me transcend both time and place and quite literally bound off the page and leap into my heart.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you..
Rohini Kappadath also said
“This exhibition will honour Gibran’s words in his own voice. Quotes have been taken from Gibran’s own works, letters between him and his friends and family, interviews and other correspondence, the idea is to create an emotional collage of his life and work,” explains Kappadath.
Running alongside the exhibition at Immigration Museum will be a series of public programs. They include Gibran’s Garden Party on the 23 February, 2019, which should be very special.
Time to enjoy a summer of love…
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2019
November 28, 2018 – February 17, 2019
Flinders Street Melbourne