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

Galleria Continua

24 Sep — 07 Jan
The exhibition gathers a series of works from the early beginnings through to the present day, and highlights her sculpture, a medium the artist has begun to engage with in recent years. Adnan likens her small-format paintings to poems: “Poems are...
07 Nov — 21 Jan
Curated by Roberta Tenconi in collaboration with Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Chiara Parisi, “Take Me (I’m Yours)” is a huge event in the art world that finally lands in Italy. Involving a multitude of Italian...

Past Exhibitions

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

Etel Adnan Solo Show

Institut du Monde Arabe
18/10/2016 — 01/01/2017

Etel Adnan: A Tremendous Astronomer

12/10/2016 — 19/11/2016

Contacts & Details

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