Bahai News - Major Bahá'í Exhibition in Glasgow Museum
Bahai News - Major Bahá'í Exhibition in Glasgow
Opening on June 2nd, 2001, Glasgow Museums is putting on a major exhibition
on the Bahá'í Faith in the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.
As well as a series of panels outlining the teachings, history and profile
of the Faith, it will include an original letter from 'Abdu'l-Bahá to
Andrew Carnegie, a Tranquillity Zone, a model of the New Delhi House of
Worship, a multimedia display and a series of works of art by Bahá'í
artists. The exhibition will run for almost five months, closing on October
21 and is expected to attract over 40,000 visitors. It is almost certainly
the biggest public event about the Faith to take place in Scotland since the
visit of 'Abdu'l-Bahá to Edinburgh in 1913.
The exhibition marks the fruition of a long-term relationship which the
Bahá'ís have had with the museum since it opened in 1994. Although at
the time, it was disappointing that the Faith was not included in the
museums "Gallery of World Faiths", a positive contact was maintained and
developed. Interestingly, the event which finally prompted the museum to
host the exhibition was a letter from a Bahá'í couple who visited the
museum and who asked why there was so little about the Faith displayed there.
The exhibition is being partly sponsored by the Bahá'í Council for
Scotland. Both the design and acquisition of items is being done in
collaboration with the museum and the Council for Scotland.
Two very noteworthy items to be on display are a 'One-World Tree' and a model
of the New Delhi Temple. The tree consists of branches being constructed by
Scottish Bahá'í s around the country and will be used to collect 'Hopes
for Humanity' which visitors to the exhibition can hang on it. The temple
model is being borrowed from the Peace Museum, in Verdun in France, and
measures 2.2m x 2.2m. It is a beautiful scale version of the House of
To coincide with the exhibition, the Publishing Trust is preparing a booklet
which complements the display panels, will be available to visitors at the
museum, and can also be used as a general booklet introducing the
Bahá'í Community in Scotland. In addition a series of events are
planned to run in parallel with the exhibition including seminars, arts
presentations and discussion groups. If you are planning to be in Scotland
any time between June and October, please come and visit the exhibition. The
museum is on the grounds of Glasgow Cathedral in the centre of the city. It
is open 10-5 every day of the week and admission is free.
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