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First Gibran virtual exhibition launches at House of Wisdom

Remembering the 140th anniversary of Gibran’s birth, the House of Wisdom (HoW) in Sharjah, launched the first virtual exhibition featuring a curated and distinguished collection of artworks and personal belongings of acclaimed Lebanese writer, artist and poet, Gibran Khalil Gibran.

The virtual exhibition celebrates the life and invaluable contributions of Gibran as a visual artist through a showcase of 34 of his original works of art, including 15 that are making their debut in public. The exhibition also includes manuscripts and sketches revealing the artist’s ingenuity that is revered worldwide. Visitor who had no opportunity to visit the physical exhibition.

Marwa Al Aqroubi, Executive Director of HoW, said: “This virtual exhibition is part of our ongoing quest to utilise the latest technologies to enable people around the world to access valuable art and literary works. This one offers the acclaimed writer’s worldwide fans an opportunity to gain a closer look at his personal belongings and artworks anywhere at their time of convenience.”

The items on display include Gibran’s watercolour set and easel, and the galley proof and plate proof of his magnum opus, The Prophet, which has been in print since 1923 and translated into more than 100 languages. Gibran, a key figure in both Arabic and English literature, was 40 at the time of its publication.

The exhibition also features the original Arabic manuscripts of The Garden of the Prophet – the 1933 sequel to The Prophet; as well as several parts of the Spirits Rebellious, a cry for freedom of his beloved homeland, Lebanon, which is set forth in three lyrical parables. Visitors can access these works and many more through HoW’s website: