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.

Exhibitions

2014
Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York , USA
2014
This secret world that exists right there in public, Rampa Gallery, Istanbul
2014
Whitney Biennal, Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
2014
Was wir zeigen wollen, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
2014
Etel Adnan in All Her Dimensions, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar (solo)
2013
Etel Adnan, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2013
Etel Adnan, Galleria Continua, San Giminiano, Italy
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
2012
Etel Adnan, Works 1965 – 2012, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2012
Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany
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)

Public Collections

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