Opening: Etel Adnan. Poetry of Colors

Thu, Mar 30, 7 – 10 pm


Please note that the opening will take place on Thursday evening.

Etel Adnan, Persian (Detail), 1963-1964, oil on canvas, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen ©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Please note that the opening will take place on Thursday evening.

The Lenbachhaus and the Kunst­sammlung Nordrhein­-Westfalen are jointly organizing the first comprehensive monographic exhibition of Etel Adnan’s work in Germany. Born in Beirut, Etel Adnan (1925­-2021) is an important representative of modernism.

The work of the poet, journalist, painter, and philosopher, who has spent her life between Lebanon, France, and California, combines very different art forms, media, languages, and cultures. It is character­ized by a great and lively exchange be­tween the Arab and Western worlds. The exhibition at K20 presents works from all her creative phases: paintings, drawings, tapestries, leporellos, and texts.

An exhibition of the Lenbachhaus Munich, and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein­-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, curated by Sébastien Delot, Direktor LaM, Lille métropole musée d’art moderne d’art contemporain et d’art brut.


7 pm

Susanne Gaensheimer

Ina Brandes
Minister of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Birgit Sander
Chairwoman Rudolf-August Oetker-Stiftung

Sébastien Delot
Curator of the exhibition, Director LaM, Lille


8 pm
Musical intervention “Return & Crossing” – A musical encounter with the poetry of Etel Adnan with Jutta Glaser (vocals) and Claus Boesser-Ferrari (guitar)

Opening of the exhibition Etel Adnan. Poetry of Colors

Thu, Mar 30, 7 pm

Free admission