OCTOBER 25, 2022 - FEBRUARY 26, 2023
Etel Adnan, Persian, 1963-64
Öl auf Leinwand, 38,5 x 50,5 cm
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Foto: Achim Kukulies

Born in Beirut, Etel Adnan (1925-2021) was a poet, journalist, painter and philosopher. She spent her life between Lebanon, France and California, and combined very different art forms, media, languages and cultures. Her artistic and literary work is characterized by a broad and vibrant exchange between the Arab and Western worlds. Her political clarity as well as the the close connection between her writings and her paintings are essential features of her oeuvre.

At almost 90, Adnan gained international recognition at the Documenta13 in 2012, then invited to the Whitney Biennial and celebrated with a retrospective curated by a Hans Ulrich Obris at the Mathaf in Doha in 2014. Her works appear in numerous collections MNAM-Centre Pompidou, Paris; Mathaf, Doha, Qatar; MoMA, New York; M +, Hong Kong; Royal Jordanian Museum, Amman; the Museum of Modern Art, Tunis; Sursock Museum, Beirut; etc.

Curated by Sébastien Delot, Director LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne.