The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, April 21, 2018

From Cairo to London: 25 life-size painted donkeys arrive at St Paul's from Egypt
Members of the public explore some of the 25 life-size painted donkeys, created by Egyptian and Western artists, as they go on display in St Paul's Cathedral in London on August 30, 2013. An exhibition of 25 life-size painted donkeys entitled the "Caravan", arrived at St Paul's from Cairo as an inter-faith peace project, aiming to demonstrate inter-religious dialogue. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL.

LONDON.- Sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland, and supported by the British Council, the CARAVAN interfaith art exhibition sees the work of Western and Egyptian artists, both Muslim and Christian, who were each asked to decorate a life-size fibreglass donkey that was sculpted by the noted Egyptian artist Reda Abdel Rahman.

The donkeys were first exhibited at the Anglican Church of St John the Baptist in Cairo, a centre for interfaith dialogue for over 80 years. They were then placed in strategic public locations throughout Cairo, where they achieved huge amounts of interest. They will now come to St Paul’s before being auctioned by Sotheby’s, with all profits going to charities in Egypt that serve the poorest of the poor, regardless of their creed.

The CARAVAN exhibition follows in the footsteps of a number of public art displays that have featured painted animals, yet with an added depth in its symbolism, intention and message. The donkey symbolises peace in both Christianity and Islam, and is found in both the Bible and in the Qur’an. Examples are numerous, such as both Jesus and Omar Ibn El Khattab, the second caliph, each riding donkeys when they entered Jerusalem. The donkey also represents the poor, as it is an animal of burden, and this is especially the case in Egypt.

The Reverend Paul-Gordon Chandler, Rector of Cairo’s Episcopal Church of St John the Baptist from 2003-2013 and Founder of CARAVAN, said: “Believing that the arts can be one of the most effective mediums of building bridges of understanding, respect and friendship between East and West, their creed and cultures, the exhibition seeks to communicate the important message of tolerance between Christians and Muslims, living together in peace and with compassion, a message that comes ‘out of Egypt’ for the world.

The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul’s, said: “There are over 40 million donkeys on this earth and 96% of them live alongside the poorest people of the world. They are known and loved for their hard work, resilience, loyalty and stubbornness. They have been used for the best and worst of human intentions: from carrying the war wounded to medical help at Gallipoli, to bearing explosives to kill in today’s war zones. Jesus chose a donkey to symbolise the divine humility. Similarly in the Islamic tradition, the Prophet was carried by Ya`fūr. This exhibition, by both Muslim and Christian artists from Egypt, calls us to remember the peoples of that country today and what can be achieved together rather than apart. It also, at a time when both Muslims and Christians suffer persecution for their faith in many places, reminds us that just as the donkeys journey together in the Cathedral towards the Holy, so humans only become spiritually alive when they travel together in peace and with compassion.”

The Honorable Dominik Furgler, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Kingdom (and formerly Swiss Ambassador to Egypt), said: “I am particularly delighted to be directly associated to this wonderful initiative. In a world and time where sectarian tension, prejudice or ignorance seem to prosper, we must do whatever we can to further dialogue and the mutual knowledge about our religious traditions and convictions. This exhibition is doing just that, with the arts uniting us as a language of love and peace.”

Mark Stephens, British Council Country Director, Egypt, said: “We are delighted that the CARAVAN Festival of the Arts has forged this link with St Paul’s Cathedral to bring these beautiful decorated donkeys to a London audience. One of the British Council’s goals is to connect people through the arts, which is why we have supported the festival, which aims to use the arts to bridge cultures. We hope these artworks will generate as much interest in London as they did in Cairo.”

Today's News

August 31, 2013

From Cairo to London: 25 life-size painted donkeys arrive at St Paul's from Egypt

Artist David Hockney's 23-year-old aide Dominic Elliott died through misadventure: inquest

'Walk-in vagina' by South African artist Reshma Chhiba kindles anger, approval in S.Africa

Christie's to offer private collection of the complete editions from the first 50 volumes published by Parkett

Exhibition at Bruce Museum in Greenwich features more than forty original fine art prints

Star architect Renzo Piano and conductor Claudio Abbado named Italian senators

The Opulent Eye: 19th century decorative arts at Christie's London in September

700+ designer jewelry, handbags and luxury items dazzle at Heritage Auctions

Precious objects from all eras offered this autumn at Hermann Historica auction

A £350,000 grant to Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum helps save the personal archive of Rex Whistler

Christie's announces the Sale of Fine Chinese Paintings in fall Asian Art Week

UNESCO World Heritage site Pianza: Renaissance 'ideal city' inspires anew in Tuscany

Mime purists flock to Poland's week-long 13th Inernational Mime Art Festival

Alt_Cph: Copenhagen's alternative art fair opens

"Unknown Forces: Gestures Beyond Surfaces" opens at Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center

Sydney artists Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward win John Fries Memorial Prize

Art Gallery of South Australia announces proposal for Royal Adelaide Hospital site

Daisy Outdoor Products gift to Crystal Bridges creates a unique way to secure sculptures

Painter and entertainer Rolf Harris charged with sex assaults in UK

'David Levinthal: War Games' at the Corcoran Gallery of Art extended to October 27

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- John Surtees' one-owner 1957 BMW 507 to be offered for the first time at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale

2.- Antiques looted in Libya by IS sold in Spain, two experts arrested

3.- The world's oldest bridge to be preserved by the British Museum's Iraq Scheme

4.- Exquisite jewels dazzle in historic Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia

5.- Now showing in US cinemas: "Hitler VS Picasso and The Others" directed by Claudio Poli

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns stolen idols to Nepal

7.- Glasgow starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

8.- Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl sells for $30.4 million

9.- Gardner Museum publishes "Stolen" book about 13 works in 1990 theft

10.- Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Curator, Islamic Art & Culture

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful