Etel Adnan  (Lebanese, 1925) 

Etel Adnan (Lebanese, b.1925) is a writer, painter, and designer who was born and raised in Beirut and educated in French-speaking schools. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne, Paris, and, in the mid-1950s, she went to the United States to study philosophy at U.C. Berkeley and Harvard. From 1958 to 1972, she taught philosophy at Dominican College in San Rafael, CA.

In 1972, she moved back to Beirut, where she remained until 1976, working as an editor for several daily newspapers. In 1977, her novel Sitt Marie-Rose was published in Paris. The novel was enormously influential, and has since been translated into more than 10 languages. In the late 1970s, Adnan wrote texts for two documentaries about the civil war in Lebanon, both of which were shown throughout Europe and in Japan.

Adnan eventually relocated to Sausalito, CA, where she currently lives when she is not in Paris. She has works in private collections, as well as in the Royal Jordanian Museum, the Tunis Modern Art Museum, the Sursock Museum in Beirut, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the British Museum in London, the World Bank Collection in Washington D.C., and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. Her tapestries can be found in public spaces and private collections around the world. Slides of her tapestries are in the permanent files of the Contemporary Crafts Museums in New York and Los Angeles. In addition, Adnan was a featured artist at the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

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Etel Adnan, Untitled


Etel Adnan

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Etel Adnan, Untitled


Etel Adnan

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Etel Adnan, Al Hajj


Etel Adnan
Al Hajj

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Etel Adnan, Untitled, # 18


Etel Adnan
Untitled, # 18
circa 1995-2000

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Etel Adnan, Untitled, # a01


Etel Adnan
Untitled, # a01
circa 1965-1970

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Etel Adnan, Untitled, # 133


Etel Adnan
Untitled, # 133

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Etel Adnan, The Poetry of Badr Shakr Al Sayyab


Etel Adnan
The Poetry of Badr Shakr Al Sayyab

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Etel Adnan, Poèmes silencieux (foldout w/works)


Etel Adnan
Poèmes silencieux (foldout w/works), 1999
watercolor and gouache


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Etel Adnan, Iradat Al-hayat - The will of life


Etel Adnan
Iradat Al-hayat - The will of life, 2001
ink and watercolor


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2014   Etel Adnan in All Her Dimensions, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar (solo)
2014   Whitney Biennal, Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
2014   Was wir zeigen wollen, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
2013   Here, Elswhere / Ici, ailleurs, Marseille-Provence, France
2013   Words and Places: Etel Adnan, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA (solo)
2013   Tajreed. A Selection of Arab Abstract Art. Part I 1908 – 1960, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait
2013   Etel Adnan, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2013   Etel Adnan, Galleria Continua, San Giminiano, Italy
2012   Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany
2012   Etel Adnan, Works 1965 – 2012, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2011   The Last Grand Tour, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece
2010   Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut (solo)
2010   Europie Gallery, Paris (solo)
2009   Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
2009   Tafsir - Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin (group)
2007   5 Artists - Oriental Museum, Moscow (group)
2007   5 Artists - St Petersburg, L'Hermitage Museum, Russia (group)
2007   Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Beirut (solo)
2007   Eileen Curtis Museum, Sausalito, California (solo)
2006   "Arte Mare", Bastia, Corsica (solo)
2006   British Museum, London (group)
2004   Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Beirut (solo)
2004   Palacio Reale, Napoli, Italy (group)
2003   Joerdxan National Gallery, Amman - Jordan (group)
2003   Musée Municipal de Thionville, France (group)
2001   L'art du Livre Arabe, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris (group)
2001   Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris (group)
2000   Art Paris. Le Carrousel du Louvre, Paris (group)
1999   Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Beirut (solo)
1998   Salazar Gallery, Univ. of California, Sonoma, Ca (solo)
1998   Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan (solo)
1998   London Artists' Book Fair, Barbican Center (group)
1998   Bradford-Smock Gallery, San Francisco (group)
1997   Bradford Gallery, San Anselmo, California (group)
1997   London Artists' Book Fair, Barbican Center (group)
1997   Fine Arts Gallery, Univ, of Arkansas, Lafayette, Arkansas,US (group)
1996   Andre Demedthuis, Wielsbeke Belgium (group)
1996   Book Art VIII - National Museeum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (group)
1995   Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California (group)
1995   Le Arie del Tempo - Studio Alaya, Genoa, Italy (group)
1995   Inter-American Gallery, Dade Wolfson Campus, Miami, Florida (group)
1995   Chicago Cultural center, Chicago (group)
1995   Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia (group)
1995   Hallie Brown Ford Gallery, Salem, Oregon (group)
1994   Harelbeke Demedthuis, Wielsbeke, Belgium (group)
1994   Galerie de Paperbusse, Ostende, Belgium (group)
1994   4 Women artists, Alif Gallery, Washington, D.C. (group)
1994   Forces of Change, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. (group)
1993   André Demedthuis, Wielsbeke, Belgium (group)
1993   Galerie Natkin-Berta, Paris (group)
1992   Gallery 50x70, Beirut (solo)
1991   Unesco Paris (solo)
1991   Mediatheque, Mureaux, France (group)
1991   20 ans, 20 artistes - L'Atelier, Rabat, Morocco (group)
1991   Institut du Monde Arabe - Paris (group)
1990   Evenements urbains, Grenoble, France 1990 - Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy (solo)
1989   Salazar Library, Univ. of California, Sonoma, Ca 1990 - Kufa Gallery -London (solo)
1988   Administration Bldg, Fort Mason, San Francisco (solo)
1987   Samy Kinge Gallery, Paris (solo)
1986   Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, Ca (solo)
1985   Perception Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1984   Perception Gallery, San Fracisco (solo)
1983   Perception Gallery, Fort Mason, San Francisco (solo)
1983   Alif Gallery, Washington D.C. (solo)
1982   Al Sultan Gallery, Kuwait (solo)
1979   Asilah Festival, Morocco (solo)
1978   Galerie L'Atelier, Rabat, Morocco (solo)
1977   Galerie La Roue, Paris (solo)
1973   Dar el Fan, Beirut (solo)
1971   Sight & Insight, the Cannery, San Francisco (solo)
1969   Dominican College gallery, San Rafael, Ca (solo)
1968   Unitarian center, San Rafael, Ca (solo)
1965   Karamanduca Gallee (solo)
1965   Mount Angel College Gallery, Mount Angel, Oregon (solo)
1964   Karamanduca Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1963   Dominican College Gallery, San Rafael, California (solo)
1961   O'Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, California (solo)
  Royal Jordanian Museum, Jordan
  Tunis Modern Art Museum, Tunisia
  Sursock Museum, Beirut. Lebanon
  Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
  The British Museum, London, UK
  The World Bank Collection in Washington D.C, USA
  The National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA