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Key Facts About
Gibran Kahlil Gibran

  • Gibran’s full name in Arabic was Gibran Khalil Gibran, the middle name being his father’s. It is a convention among the Arabs to use the father’s name after one’s first name. He always signed his full name in his Arabic works but dropped the first name in his English writings. He did this and changed the correct spelling of “Khalil” into “Kahlil”, at the instigation of his teacher of English at the Boston school he attended between 1895 and 1897.
  • Many famous people were inspired by the philosophy of Gibran through the years. Some of them are Elvis Presley, John Lennon and The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Indira Gandhi and many more.
  • Elvis Presley, for example, used to read “The Prophet” to his mother and gave many copies of the book as a gift to his friends.
  • According to the Ministry of Tourism in Lebanon, almost 30% of all the foreign visits to the country are motivated by the knowledge of Gibran.
  • The percentage of the foreign visitors is higher than the one of the local, despite the crisis.
  • There are over 50 monuments dedicated to Kahlil Gibran in over 20 countries around the world.
  • 6 international projects in less than 10 years: Gibran Museum’s collection is the only collection of original artworks in Lebanon, that has participated in foreign projects almost every year since 2010.
  • The actress visited the Museum for the world premiere of her movie “The Prophet”, based on Gibran’s masterpiece and fulfilled her life-long dream to see the final resting place of the author.
  • Originally written in English, “The Prophet” gained such an immediate success after its first publication in 1923, that it was soon translated into many more languages. Before the death of Gibran in 1931, the book was already translated into 5 languages.
    -1925 – in German;
    -1926 – in French and Arabic;
    -1927 – in Dutch;
    -1931 – in Chinese and Irish.
  • “The Prophet” is translated into more than 110 languages, which places the book among the top ten most translated books in history and Gibran- one of the most read poets of all times.
  • “The Prophet” is the only book of prose-poetry to be in the top ten list of most translated works.
  • Gibran is one of the rare artists who combines different techniques into forming an unique and recognizable style. He studied art in Paris and knew Auguste Rodin personally. The great sculptor said about Gibran that he is William Blake of the 20th century.
  • Gibran wrote 16 books – 8 in English and 8 in Arabic, and left a legacy of over 650 original artworks
  • Gibran is reputedly the third best-selling poet in history after Shakespeare and Lao Tzu

Current and Past Expositions

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United States of america

  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran Memorial Garden: Washington
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran International Academy: Brooklyn
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran Memorial: Boston
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran Monument: North Carolina
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Exthetix Gallery: Washington
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Jacques Seligmann Gallery: New York City
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Chicago Art Institute: Chicago
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Washington Cathedral: Washington
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Bloomfield Art Association: Michigan
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Duxbury Fine Arts Complex: Massachusetts
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Provincetown Fine Arts Center: Massachusetts
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Provincetown Art Association: Massachusetts
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Forest Hills Cemetery: New York City
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Pennsylvania Academy: Pennsylvania
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Houston Museum: Texas
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Yale University: Connecticut
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Whitney Annual: New York City
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Telfair Museum: Georgia, USA
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York, USA
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Fog Museum: Massachusetts, USA

Australia

  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran Memorial Garden: Washington
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran International Academy: Brooklyn
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran Memorial: Boston
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran Monument: North Carolina
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Exthetix Gallery: Washington
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Jacques Seligmann Gallery: New York City
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Chicago Art Institute: Chicago
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Washington Cathedral: Washington
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Bloomfield Art Association: Michigan
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Duxbury Fine Arts Complex: Massachusetts
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Pennsylvania Academy: Pennsylvania
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Houston Museum: Texas
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Yale University: Connecticut
  • Gibran Kahlil Gibran in Whitney Annual: New York City

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