In 2015 CP partnered with the Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale of Rome and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta to organize and produce the provocative, thoughtful exhibition “Searching for the Queen of Sheba”.
Shrouded in mystery, perhaps buried deep in desert sands, lie the origins of the legend of the Queen of Sheba. She is an historical enigma, a mysterious African or Arabian queen, founder of a long-lasting dynasty, protagonist of biblical history, yet we do not truly know her name, her birthplace, the location of her kingdom or her real relationship with legendary King Solomon. Much of her myth can be traced to ancient religious writings, including the Bible and the Koran. Supposedly fabulously wealthy, beautiful and wise, the Queen of Sheba has inspired artists, mystics, poets, composers even modern film-makers since time immemorial. Her myth in all its complexities, including the historical context of the vanished South Arabian kingdoms situated along the ancient Incense Road, was the inspiration of this one-of-a kind exhibition, featuring 80 original artifacts, evocative set design and other interpretive aids. While it was not possible to “reveal” her identity, prove her existence, her legend was explored and recreated in detail, ultimately exploring and reflecting upon our fascination with this mysterious queen.