Etel Adnan (1925 - 2021), Untitled, 2010, Huile sur toile. 24 x 30 cm. Collection Mudam Luxembourg, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean. Acquisition 2019.
Etel Adnan (1925 - 2021), Untitled, 2010, Huile sur toile. 24 x 30 cm. Collection Mudam Luxembourg, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean. Acquisition 2019.
Photo: © Rémi Villaggi / Mudam Luxembourg
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Colour as Language at the Van Gogh Museum

Dec. 20, 2021

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Adnan only gained broad recognition with her paintings and drawings 15 years ago but was already internationally-renowned for her literature and poetry. Adnan’s art is often based on the landscape.

Just like Vincent van Gogh, she used a characteristic colour palette and painting style to convey the power of nature on the canvas. Colour as Language focuses on Adnan’s paintings, often simplified landscapes with intense colours and abstract forms, which are presented alongside several works by Van Gogh. The exhibition also features ‘leporellos’ – so-called harmonica books for which Adnan is renowned –, tapestries and literary work by the artist.

A retrospective of work by Adnan of this kind has never before been exhibited in the Netherlands. It is a true explosion of colours from a multifaceted artist who moved between different cultures and languages for nearly a century.

Colour as Language, the first retrospective of work by Etel Adnan (1925-2021) in the Netherlands, will be on display at the Van Gogh Museum from 20 May to 4 September 2022, in the Exhibition Wing.

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