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Etel Adnan

United States

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Etel Adnan was born on February 24,1925 in Beirut. Lebanese American artist and writer, she presently lives and works in Paris. Since the 1960s, Etel Adnan has been making accordion-fold books, or leporellos, that meld visual and verbal observation, fusing the artist’s parallel practices in painting and writing as she transcribes poems and records unfolding landscapes and urban spaces. Adnan’s artworks feature in numerous collections, including Centre Pompidou, Paris, Mathaf, Doha, Qatar, Royal Jordanian Museum, Tunis Modern Art Museum, Sursock Museum, Beirut, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, British Museum, London, World Bank Collection, Washington D.C., and National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C, as well as within many private collections.

Solo show


2019
A yellow sun, A green sun, A yellow sun, A red sun, A blue sun, MASS MoCA, North Adams, United States
New Work, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, United States


2018
Déjeuner Au Soleil, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
Life is a weaving - Tapisserie et estampes, Galerie Lelong & Co, Paris, France
La fulgurance du geste, Fondation Jan Michalski, Montricher, Switzerland
Tout ce que je fais est mémoire, Chateau la Coste, Renzo Piano Pavillon, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade,
France
Hot Sun, Late Sun. Untamed Modernism, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France
Garden of Memory, Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech, Morocco
Etel Adnan, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland


2017
Etel Adnan, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Etel Adnan, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany
Sea and Fog, Oakville Galleries - Gairloch Gardens, Oakville, Canada
Etel Adnan, Biblioteca Central of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico


2016
Special Project, Galleria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel, France
La joie de vivre, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland
Nouvelles estampes, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
The Weight Of The World, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
A Tremendous Astronomer, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France


2015
Le Soleil Amoureux De La Lune, Galleria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel, France
Berge schreiben, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
Etel Adnan, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
La Montagne, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France
San Gimignano, White Cube, Hong Kong, China
Etel Adnan, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, Ireland
Etel Adnan, Galerie Lelong, New York City, United States


2014
San Gimignano, Galleria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel, France
Etel Adnan, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China
Art is one of the Roads to Paradise, MATHAF - Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
Etel Adnan, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York City, United States
Etel Adnan Et La Modernite Arabe, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France
Etel Adnan, White Cube, London, United Kingdom

2013
Works 1956 - 2012, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany
Etel Adnan, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy


2012
Etel Adnan, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York City, United States


2009
Etel Adnan, Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco, United States


2007
Coup d'oeil au féminin, Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


2004
Paysages de Californie et Livres d'artiste, Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


2003
Etel Adnan, Musée Municipal de Thionville, Thionville, France


1999
Peindre des points, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, Lebanon


1992
Etel Adnan, Gallery 50 x 70, Beirut, Lebanon


1990
Etel Adnan, Kufa Gallery, London, United Kingdom


1988
Etel Adnan, Administration Bldg, Fort Mason, San Francisco, United States


1987
Etel Adnan, Samy Kinge Gallery, Paris, France


1985
Etel Adnan, Perception Gallery, San Francisco, United States


1983
Etel Adnan, Perception Gallery, San Francisco, United States
Etel Adnan, Alif Gallery, Washington, United States


1978
Etel Adnan, Galerie L'Atelier, Rabat, Morocco

1977
Etel Adnan, Galerie La Roue, Paris, France


1973
Etel Adnan, Dar el Fan, Beirut, Lebanon


1971
Sight & Insight, The Cannery, San Francisco, United States


1969
Etel Adnan, Dominican College Gallery, San Raphael, United States


1965
Etel Adnan, Karamanduca Gallery, San Francisco, United States
Etel Adnan, Mount Angel College Gallery, Mount Angel, United States


1964
Etel Adnan, Karamanduca Gallery, San Francisco, United States


1963
Etel Adnan, Dominican College Gallery, San Raphael, United States


1961
Etel Adnan, O'Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, United States
Etel Adnan, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan


Group show


2019
Peindre la nuit, Centre Pompidou Metz, Berlin, Germany
Luogo e Segni, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy


2018
Lettres ouvertes, de la calligraphie au street-art, Institut des Culture de l'Islam, Paris, France
Home Beirut. Sounding the neighbors, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
Les Pionnières - 11 Femmes , 11 Artistes Du Xxème Siècle, Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, Paris, France
Ngorongoro II, Lehderstrasse 34, Berlin, Germany
Take Me (I'm Yours), Villa Médicis - Académie de France à Rome, Rome, Italy

2017
Etel Adnan / Gerhard Richter, The Flag Art Foundation, New York City, United States
Colori, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy


2016
Moment - Madhat Kakei´s Abstract Cabinett, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Looking at the World Around You, Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain


2015
The Sea - Salut D'honneur Jan Hoet, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Ostend, Belgium
Women on Paper, Gandy Galleria, Bratislava, Slovakia
Liberated Subjects : Pioneers, Foundation de 11 Lijnen, Oldenburg, Belgium
Too early, too late: Middle East and Modernity, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Gallery 3010, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Lebanon
Group show, Tif Sigfrids, Los Angeles, United States
Rituals of Signs and Transitions (1975-1995), Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan
Women on paper, Galerie 35 - Institut Fançais de Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
After Babel, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Summer Selections, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York City, United States
Take Me (I'm Yours), Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
Albert the kid is ghosting, The David Roberts Art Foundation, London, United Kingdom
Nel Mezzo Del Mezzo, Riso - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy
Intimacy in Discourse: Reasonable and Unreasonable Sized Paintings, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City,
United States
Heartland - Territoire D’Affects, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Follia Continua! 25 Years Of Galleria Continua, Le Cenquatre, Paris, France


2014
Poetry will be made by all., LUMAS Editionsgalerie, Zürich, Switzerland
Modernites Arabes, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris, France
What We Want To Show, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg , Germany
Rose, Centre Européen d'actions artisitques contemporaines, Strasbourg, France
this secret world that exists right there in public, RAMPA Instanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
5 billion solar years, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Paysage Et Modernite Arabe, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris, France
Paysages, Entre Reel Et Imaginaire, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France
A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck, The David Roberts Art Foundation, London, United Kingdom
The Printed Room – read the room/you’ve go to, SALTS, Birsfelde, Switzerland
Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York City, United States
Do it, Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, United States
What Remains - Part II, Rose Issa Projects, London, United Kingdom


2013
The Power of Words, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan
Ici, ailleurs, Tour-Panorama - friche belle de mai, Marseille, France
Tajreed – A selection of Arab Abstract Art 1908 – 1960, CAP Kuwait, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Words and Places, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, United States
Silk, Highlight Gallery, San Francisco, United States
Etel Adnan and Keith Sonnier, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Lebanon
Calligraffiti: 1984-2013, Leila Heller Gallery, New York City, United States


2012
Etel Adnan & Simone Fattal, Europia, Paris, France
On the Edgware Road, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
La création libanaise, 1959-2012, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France
Papierwelten, Galerie nächst St. Stephan - Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, Austria
De Menocchio, nous savons beaucoup de choses., Bétonsalon - Center for Art and Research, Paris, France
Art from Lebanon - Modern and Contemporary artists: 1880 – 1975, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut,
Lebanon
The Emerald City, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, United States


2011
The Last Grand Tour, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece


2010
Taswir – Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne
TYPE, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Etel Adnan / Yto Barrada, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Lebanon


2008
Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, London, United Kingdom

2007
THE FIT, Galerie Nüans, Düsseldorf, Germany
Etel Adnan, Eillen Curtis Museum, Sausalito, United States


2006
Word into Art, ArtSchool Palestine, London, United Kingdom
Arte Mare, Festival du Film Méditerranée, Bastia,
Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, London, United Kingdom


2002
L'art du livre arabe, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France


Biennial


2017
GIBCA 2017 - WheredoIendandyoubegin - On Secularity, Göteborg International Biennial for
Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden


2016
15th Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, Biennale Architettura di Venezia, Venice, Italy
3rd Biennale of Painting 2016, Biennale of Painting, Zagreb, Croatia


2015
Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah Biennal, Sharjah,
14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Biennal, Istanbul, Turkey


2014
Whitney Biennial 2014, Whitney Biennial, New York City, United States


2012
Documenta (13), Documenta, Kassel, Germany
Public Collection
Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, United States
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, United States
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angles, United States
Flag Art Foundation, New York City, United States
Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, United States
Museum of Modern Art, New York City, United States
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, United States
Kadist Art Foundation San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, United States
National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, United States
World Bank Collection, Washington, United States
Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, United States
Carré d'Art - Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes, France
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Musée national d'Art moderne (MNAM), Paris, France
Frank F. Yang Collection, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
M+, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Royal Jordanian Museum, Amman, Jordan
Nicolas Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon
Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Moderna Museet Malmö, Malmö, Sweden
Kunsthaus Zurich, Zürich, Switzerland
Birzeit University Museum, Birzeit, occupied Palestinian territories
Musée National d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Tunis, Tunisia
Huma Kabakcı Collection, Istanbul, Turkey

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