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DUBAI: The King Abdulaziz Middle for World Tradition (Ithra) on Friday opened a retrospective exhibition titled “Etel Adnan, Between East and West.”

It showcases the works of late Lebanese-American poet, artist and thinker Etel Adnan, one of many area’s most famed up to date artists. 

Born in Lebanon in 1925 to a Greek mom and Syrian father, the poet is most well-known for her 1977 novel “Sitt Marie Rose,” concerning the Lebanese civil struggle. (Provided)

That is the primary solo exhibition of Adnan’s work in Saudi Arabia, and will likely be open till June 30. 

Curated by Sebastien Delot, previously director of France’s Lille Metropole Musee d’artwork moderne, d’artwork contemporain et d’artwork brut, the exhibition presents Adnan’s artistic journey throughout all durations and mediums of her numerous profession. 

Etel Adnan, Untitled, 2010. (Provided)

It not solely unveils the profound connection Adnan shared with the Arab world, tradition and language, but in addition highlights how she skilfully harnessed her creativity to seamlessly mix her Jap and Western cultural influences.

The exhibition shows 41 of her works from the start of her inventive profession within the late Fifties by to her remaining creations in 2021 earlier than her demise. 

Etel Adnan, “Untitled,” 2013. (Provided)

A few of these artworks had been lent from establishments all over the world such because the Sharjah Artwork Basis, the Sfeir-Semler Gallery and the Sursock Museum, in addition to personal collectors. 

The exhibition opens with a 25 sq. meter ceramic mural adopted by a screening of “Movement,” which is a montage of a number of Tremendous 8 movies made by Adnan in Yosemite, New York and San Francisco within the Nineteen Eighties.

Among the many showcased works are her iconic hand-woven wool tapestries impressed by Persian rugs of her childhood and the Arab custom of woven craft, the place threads interlace to create vibrant tales suspended in time and to mirror the artist’s mastery in shade as language. Additionally included is a wide selection of oil and watercolor items. 

“Etel Adnan Between East and West,” Ithra Middle, 2024. (Provided)

The top of museum at Ithra, Farah Abushullaih, mentioned the exhibition “presents an exquisite alternative to highlight Etel Adnan, a key determine in world up to date artwork, whose identification and work are deeply rooted within the Arab world and its wealthy heritage. 

“As a flexible artist, Adnan seamlessly navigated between the realms of written and visible arts, with Arabic scripture performing as a bridge between the 2, a motif that Adnan was significantly drawn to.”

Abushullaih added: “By way of this exhibition, Ithra continues its dedication to introduce vital artists to Saudi audiences, shedding gentle on their impactful inventive contributions, additional inspiring and invigorating the Kingdom’s artistic panorama.”

Etel Adnan, La Ronde des Oiseaux, 2019. (Provided)

Born in Lebanon in 1925 to a Greek mom and Syrian father, the poet is most well-known for her 1977 novel “Sitt Marie Rose,” concerning the Lebanese civil struggle.

It gained the France-Pays Arabes award and have become a traditional of struggle literature, a lot in order that it’s taught in American school rooms. 

Adnan’s most up-to-date honor was in 2020. Her poetry assortment “Time,” which is a collection of her work — translated from French by Sarah Riggs — gained the Griffin Poetry Prize.