|The museum Abou Chabke : a tribute to poetry |
|ELIAS ABOU CHABKE: A STORY OF PAIN |
Born in the United States of America in 1903, during the trip of his parents, he got back home in 1904 to his home city Zouk Mikaël. His itinerary was fulfilled with pain and loss, two feelings developed in the Romantic trend in the 19th century, and shown through his work. His legacy includes also many translations of great works, newspaper’s articles, etc. Two women marked his life: Olga his wife but most Leila his beloved muse. Diagnosed with cancer, he died after a struggle with the disease in 1947.
The house was the witness of the colorful life of Elias Abou Chabke. It was also his hangout. He refused to spend his days in another part of Lebanon, preferring the calm and serenity of Zouk Mikaël on which he had a great view from his home. His friends, when invited to his house, were captivated by the beautiful historic site and by its surroundings. Elias Abou Chabke spent his days in his house writing, thinking and giving birth to his most notable works. He knew that his house had a magical effect on his poems and literature. The museum gathers all the personal stuff of the poet:
His walking stick,
His cigarette holder,
His cigarette lighter,
His coffee cup,
His table and chair,
A sculpted table in a French style,
Artistic sofas with the “nawl” (the characteristic art of the city of Zouk Mikaël),
Photos of his family, of Olga his wife, Leila his muse and of some notable friends,
Letters and manuscripts
His own articles
THE GRAND OPENING: June 11 2008 was an important date for the museum: the date of the inauguration ceremony that included also a tribute to the poet Elias Abou Chabke. An important audience was attending the event hosted by the municipality of Zouk Mikaël, and its President Me Nouhad Naufal at the roman amphitheatre, with the estimated presence of His Excellency M. Tarek Mitri representing the President of the Republic, His Excellency M. Nehmattallah Abi Nasr representing the Chief of the Lebanese Parliament, and His Excellency M. Joseph Sarkis representing the Prime Minister. Many poets and writers from all over the world attended the event: Adonis, Venus Khoury-Ghata, two poetic figures who talked about their colleague in literature and art, M. Ghassan Tueni and the poet Joseph Harb, who spoke with deep feelings about Abou Chabke, and M. Henri Zougheib who presented the event.