Etel Adnan
Manifeste pour la Fin de l'Etre de Akl Awit | 2007
Ink, Watercolor and Oil Pastel on Japanese Carnet. 30.4 x 10.1 x 1.9 cm ( Open 30.4 x 520 cm).

This piece is composed of a poem by Akl Awit, “Manifesto for the end of the being”, handwritten by Adnan and adorned with colored lines and dots. Since the late 1960s, Etel Adnan has been working with makimono, a type of Japanese horizontal unfolding scroll-like form.

Reference EA-WP-2007-A

Biography of the artist

Born in Lebanon. 1925
Works and Lives in Paris, France


Etel Adnan is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist. In 2003, Adnan was named "arguably the most celebrated and accomplished Arab American author writing today" by the academic journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. She studied literature at the Sorbonne, Paris, at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and Berkeley University and went on to teach philosophy of art at the Dominican University of California. Adnan has held solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Jordan, Morocco, France, Belgium, Italy, UK, Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. Etel Adnan‘s work has been acquired by private collections as well as by the Royal Jordanian Museum, the Modern Art Museum in Tunisia, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the British Museum, The World Bank in Washington D.C., and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.