New Work: Etel Adnan, 2018

New Work: Etel Adnan, 2018
installation view SFMoMa

Etel Adnan (b. 1925, Lebanon), lives and works in Paris.

She is widely recognized as one of the foremost authors, poets and playwrights of her generation.

Etel Adnan 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.

She has had solo exhibitions at Zentrum Paul Klee, Switzerland (2018), UNAM, Mexico City (2017), Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2016), and Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2013). As well as group exhibitions at Castello di Rivoli, Italy (2017), MoMa, New York (2017), Sharjah Biennial 12 (2015), the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), Whitney Museum of Modern Art (2014), and dOCUMENTA 13 (2012).

In addition Adnan has tapestries in public spaces and private collections. Slides of her tapestries are in the permanent files of the Contemporary Crafts Museums of New York and Los Angeles.


Sorbonne University, Paris, France
University of California, Berkeley, California
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Etel Adnan et le Modernes, MUDAM, Luxemburg

New Work: Etel Adnan, SFMOMA, San Francisco USA
Etel Adnan, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
A Yellow Sun A Green Sun A Yellow Sun A Red Sun A Blue Sun, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts, USA

Album à dessins, UNAM Mexico City, Mexico
Sea and Fog, Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, Ontario, Canada

Paintings • Drawings • Tapestry • Writing, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg, Germany
Etel Adnan, Institut du monde arabe, Paris, France
Etel Adnan: The Weight of the World, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK

La joie de vivre, Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland
Etel Adnan, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Writing Mountains, The Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria
Etel Adnan, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, USA
Etel Adnan in All Her Dimensions, Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar

Etel Adnan, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Words and Places: Etel Adnan, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
Etel Adnan, Galleria Continua, San Giminiano, Italy

Etel Adnan, Works 1965 - 2012, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Etel Adnan, Paintings and Drawings, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Eileen Curtis Museum, Sausalito, California, USA

Arte Mare, Bastia, Corsica, France

Salazar Gallery, Univ. of California, Sonoma, California, USA
Etel Adnan, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan


Selected Group Exhibitions

Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking, Americas Society, New York, USA
Acts of Translation, Mohammad and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh Foundation, Amman, Jordan
Hot Sun, Late Sun, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France
Garden of Memory, Musee Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech, Morocco

Etel Adnan/Gerhard Richter, Flag Art Foundation, New York, USA
L’emozione dei COLORI nell’arte, Castello di Rivoli, Italy
Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, MoMa, New York, USA
Delirium & Destiny, A Tale of a Tube, Rotterdam, Netherlands
WheredoIendyoubegin - On Secularity, Göteborg International Biennal of Contemporary Art, Sweden
Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbors, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
From Ear to Ear to Ear, Nottingham Contemporary, UK
All the words for rock, Nature and Conflict, Visual Arts Center Fondacion Helga de Alvear, Caceres, Spain
Take Me (I’m Yours), Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Towards a Larger World, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden
Looking at the World Around You, Fundación Santander, Madrid, Spain
do it, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

Etel Adnan: Selected Works, Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah, UAE
Liberated Subjects: Present Tense, Foundation de 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium
14th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey
Interdependence, Manchester International Festival, Manchester, UK
Intimacy in Discourse, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, USA
Nel Mezzo del Mezzo, Palazzo Riso - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy
Follia Continua!, Le CENTQUATRE, Paris, France
Albert the kid is ghosting, The David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
Too Early, too late. Middle East and Modernity, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, Italy
Sharjah Biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, Sharjah International Art Biennial, Sharjah

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Rose, CEAAC Centre Europeen D’Actions Artistiqes Contemporaines, Strasbourg, France
Extinction Marathon: Visions of the Future, Serpentine Sackler, Gallery, London, UK
Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York , USA
this secret world that exists right there in public, Rampa, Istanbul, Turkey
Was wir zeigen wollen, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
The Sea - Salut D’honneur Jan Hoet, PMMK - Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium
What Remains: Part II, Rose Issa Porjects, London, UK
The Printed Room: read the room/you’ve got to, SALTS, Birsfelden, Switzerland

Tajreed. A Selection of Arab Abstract Art. Part I 1908 – 1960, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait
Here, Elswhere / Ici, ailleurs, Marseille-Provence, France
Hiwar, Conversations in Amman, Darat al Funun, Ammanm Jordan

dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany
Art from Lebanon - Modern and Contemporary artists: 1880 – 1975, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon
De Menocchio, nous savons beaucoup de choses, Bétonsalon, Paris, France
On the Edgware Road, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
The Art of Friendship, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut

The Last Grand Tour, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece

Tafsir, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin, Germany

5 Artists, Oriental Museum, Moscow, Russia
The Dance of Quill and Ink. Contemporary Art of the Middle East, L’Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, London, UK

Palacio Reale, Napoli, Italy

Jordan National Gallery, Amman, Jordan
Musée Municipal de Thionville, France

L’art du Livre Arabe, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France

London Artists’ Book Fair, Barbican Center, London, UK

Fine Arts Gallery, Univ, of Arkansas, Lafayette, Arkansas, USA

André Demedthuis, Wielsbeke, Belgium
Book Art VIII, National Museeum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., USA

Le Arie del Tempo, Studio Alaya, Genoa, Italy
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA

4 Women artists, Alif Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA
Forces of Change, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA

André Demedthuis, Wielsbeke, Belgium

Unesco, Paris, France
20 ans, 20 artistes, L’Atelier, Rabat, Morocco; Mediatheque, Mureaux, France
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

Evenements urbains, Grenoble, France
Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy


Museum Collections

British Museum, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; M+, Hong Kong, China; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Tunis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York