The Missing Peace

Themp-hp.jpg His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, a great statesman and a Nobel laureate, but above all else he is a man of peace. In honor of the Dalai Lama, 80 artists from around the world searched their own experiences and belief systems to create works showing how they perceive him and the principals he stands for. The result is The Missing Peace: Artists consider the Dalai Lama, a traveling exhibit comprising images, themes and media that suggest the many roles the Dalai Lama plays within his world and ours. Moleskine was extremely proud to be chosen as partner for the exhibit, providing a very special customized notebook to support the project.

Themp-interna-1.jpg(Picture by Phil Borges-1996)

The Missing Peace was a collective effort undertaken by the Committee of 100 for Tibet and the Dalai Lama Foundation, designed to explore the idea of art as an interpretation of and a catalyst for peace. The organizers sought to broaden appreciation for the principles embodied by the Dalai Lama: wisdom, reconciliation, spiritual fulfillment and peace. The exhibition title is an evocative play on words, as peace will always be elusive. However, the Dalai Lama and his many works make it clear that dedicating oneself to peace is anything but pointless.

Themp-interna.jpgFor the Missing Peace Moleskine designed a simple, elegant notebook that the exhibit organizers could present to donors, supporters and special guests. The large Moleskine sketchbook features a dry debossed Tibetan numeral 14, for the current 14th Dalai Lama. This sparse, powerful icon is complemented by a deep brown paper band imprinted with the name of the exhibition. The flyleaf of the notebook is also silk-screened in dove gray with the name of the exhibit.

As it is a traveling exhibit, the Missing Peace remains on display indefinitely. After a long show at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York in the summer of 2007, it will be moving to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco--Moleskine will be accompanying them all the way.

For more information on the Missing Peace, please visit