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Now in her 90s, Adnan is an extraordinary creative voice and force of artistic renown. She moves freely between writing and art, poetry and tapestry and all aspects of her creative output will be reflected in the exhibition. Adnan was born in 1925 in Beruit and has been one of the leading voices in contemporary Arab American literature since the 1960s.

A selection of Adnan’s enigmatic and colourful oil paintings will showcase her use of rapid, thick stokes representing the landscapes of California and the Mediterranean Sea.  These works will appear alongside a series of delicate leperellos where the transcribes of poems are recorded on unfolding urban landscapes, fusing Adnan’s parallel practice as artist and writer. The exhibition will also include a black and white film, poetry and the recordings of the artist reading from some of her most recent published poems and writings.

About the Artist

Etel Adnan 1925–2021

Talks and Events

In Conversation with Gavin Bryars
Saturday 6 June 2015, 3.30 – 4.30pm, Garden Terrace, IMMA
As a part of SUMMER RISING: The IMMA Festival, Gavin Bryars (composer) and Rachael Thomas (Senior Curator, Head of Exhibitions, IMMA) will discuss music, art and poetry in relation to the work of Etel Adnan. Gavin Bryars has previously worked with John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and John White.

Lunchtime Gallery Talk
Wednesday 1 July 2015, 1.15 – 2.00pm, East Ground Galleries, IMMA

Rachael Gilbourne (Assistant Curator, Exhibitions, IMMA) introduces the new exhibitions of works by renowned artist, poet and writer, Etel Adnan. A selection of Adnan’s colourful oil paintings and delicate leporellos are amongst the works to be explored.

Additional Resources

A video is on the IMMA blog featuring Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA, in conversation with artist Etel Adnan, in Paris, 16 May 2015 as well as Rachael Gilbourne, Assistant Curator: Exhibitions, IMMA, introducing the exhibition Etel Adnan at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Emma Haugh – Reading Troupe #04: In conjunction with the More Than One Maker exhibition presented in IMMA’s Project Spaces, artist Emma Haugh  in collaboration with Louis Haugh produced Love is disturbing, a daylong workshop, wall pasted photographic series and zine, incorporating gestural, performative readings of the cost for love we are not willing to pay by Etel Adnan. To download a free copy of the accompanying zine click here.


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Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.