The Beatles said all you need is love. Is that all you need, or is there more to creating a tranquil, peaceful world? This is the question that the Committee of 100 Tibet and the Dalai Lama Foundation hope to ask with its Missing Peace exhibition. The Frost Art Museum at Florida International University is hosting the opening of The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama this Friday, October 9, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm. The event is free to the public and promises to broaden your perception of what is peace. The exhibition will be showcasing over 40 artists displaying their portrayal of the 14th Dalai Lama, not only displaying what he represents spiritually but portraying all the principles and qualities that the Dalai Lama embodies.
Artists were given a broad expressive avenue in terms of creating their work. They were asked only to display their interpretation of the many aspects and roles that the Dalai Lama plays throughout the world. The paintings, tapestries, and photographs which combine to represent the many values and roles of the Dalai Lama, force the audience to look within and really absorb all that the exhibit has to offer. With such a wide variety of multi media expression, the exhibit is sure to appeal to a vast audience. Each person takes away something different and, the museum hopes, a new outlook on what is peace.
“Peace is the thread that runs through the exhibit and will be the vision in the entire museum,” stated Dr. Carol Damian the Frost Art Museum Director.
The purpose of the exhibition is not meant to showcase the individual interpretations of the artists but to educate and inspire the audience in the pursuit of peace. Exhibitioions like the Missing Peace allow new avenues for personal and group contemplation. The creaters hope this new kind of installation will take us one step closer to achieving peace, otherwise we may just have to leave the world peace gig to Miss America contestants.
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University, University Park
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL 33199