‘Between East and West’ at Ithra is Etel Adnan’s first solo exhibition in Saudi Arabia, showcasing 41 works.
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) has opened Etel Adnan, Between East and West, a major retrospective exhibition showcasing the works of Lebanese-American poet, artist, and philosopher Etel Adnan. One of the most renowned contemporary artists from the region.
Curated by Dr. Sébastien Delot, formerly Director of LaM (Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art
contemporain et d’art brut), the exhibition presents Etel Adnan’s creative journey across all periods
and mediums of her remarkably diverse career.
Ithra’s Etel Adnan, Between East and West provides a comprehensive overview of Adnan’s
multifaceted artistic practice, delving into the depth and breadth of her connection with the Arab
world, culture and language and how she harnessed her creativity to blend her eastern and western
Farah Abushullaih, Head of Museum at Ithra, said: “Etel Adnan, Between East and West presents a
wonderful opportunity to spotlight Etel Adnan, a key figure in global contemporary art, whose identity
and work are deeply rooted in the Arab world and its rich heritage. As a versatile artist, Adnan
seamlessly navigated between the realms of written and visual arts, with Arabic scripture acting as a
bridge between the two, a motif that Adnan was particularly drawn to.
Dr. Sébastien Delot, former Director of LaM (Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art
contemporain et d’art brut): “I am honoured to have had the opportunity to work closely with Ithra to
curate the first retrospective exhibition of Etel Adnan’s work in Saudi Arabia. A beloved artist whose
works – both written and visual – resonate with so many audiences across the globe.”