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Kahlil Gibran exhibition launches in Melbourne

I am alive like you, and I am standing beside you

Kahlil Gibran

Even in death, Arab poet Kahlil Gibran’s epitaph, written next to his grave, brings a timeless sense of life and beauty to all who have been touched by his works.

Half a world away and over eight decades after his death, the moment you walk into The Garden of the Prophet exhibition, Gibran immediately comes to life with his resounding words, reminding the observer that even in death, the Arab poet remains alive, speaking directly to his visitor.

Selected works from the Gibran Museum, formerly the Monastery of Mar Sarkis in Bcharri, Lebanon have been carefully brought to Melbourne’s Immigration Museum and currently on display.  The great Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist who is known worldwide for his most famous literary masterpiece, The Prophet, is the subject of a stunning exhibition which launched last week and will run until 17th March.

The exhibition celebrates the life and works of the artistic and literary genius who has inspired some of the world’s most influential figures of our time, from Indira Ghandi to Elvis Presley, John Lennon and David Bowie.

Gibran died, at the age of only 48.

Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet was officially launched on the 29th November by former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks AC and AACCI Board Member and South Australian Chairman Soufiane Rboub was a key note speaker.  The exhibition, supported by the Gibran National Committee, received grant funding from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

AACCI National Secretariat, Jessica Swann visited the exhibition and spoke with Megan Cassar, Project Manager with Museums Victoria and began by asking her what the experience has been like for her, bringing the great Arab Lebanese poet to life at the Melbourne Immigration Museum.

Listen to the audio here