Etel Adnan is a major figure in contemporary culture. Born in Beirut in 1925 to a Syrian Muslim father and a Greek Christian mother, Adnan grew up among the landscapes of Lebanon and Syria before moving to France for a time, and then to America.
Considered one of the most important representatives of the Arab intellectual diaspora, Adnan is also a pioneer of women’s rights.

Deeply in love with nature and its original symbiosis with our existence, Adnan exhibited landscapes without human figures for her participation in dOCUMENTA (13). Seeking to represent only the physical beauty of the universe and the intense bond of love she has with it, the artist executed her paintings with clear, confident strokes. The colors scarcely nuance one another such that it seems they have always been present.

Etel Adnan at the Pacific Ocean Photo by Simone Fattal
Etel Adnan
Beirut, 1925

Current Exhibitions

Etel Adnan and the Modernists

Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean

06 Jun — 08 Sep
Etel Adnan and the Modernists at Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean provides an overview of Adnan’s visual work from the early 1960s to the present day, with the work and ideas of some of the key protagonists...

Past Exhibitions

Custot Gallery: Group Show

Custot Gallery
18/03/2019 — 30/05/2019

Etel Adnan

Galleria Continua
24/09/2017 — 07/01/2018

100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art

Institut du Monde Arabe
28/02/2017 — 02/07/2017

Beloved Bodies II

Barjeel Art Foundation
01/03/2017 — 01/10/2017


Castello di Rivoli
14/03/2017 — 23/07/2017

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Beirut Country of birth: Lebanon Date of birth: 1925