Almanach #2, 2022



The Swiss Society for the Middle East and Islamic Cultures, with which we are associated, has just published its latest issue of Almanach, in which team founding member Nadia Radwan recounts the creation of Manazir and the key role that Etel Adnan played.

Last year, the art world lost a monument, the Lebanese-American painter, poet and writer Etel Adnan (1925-2021). Born in Lebanon to a Greek-Christian mother from Smyrna and a Syrian-Muslim father, Adnan's journey, growing up speaking Greek, Turkish and French in an Arabic-speaking society and later moving to California to study at Berkeley, is emblematic of a generation of cross-cultural artists who express notions of belonging and mobility through abstraction. 

This issue highlights what connects global art history, the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, and scholarly communication about the Middle East in Switzerland in the digital age.


More information here.

Caption: Etel Adnan, Allah, 1976. Mixed media on paper, 33 x 40 cm. From the former Claude and France Lemand collection. Estate of Etel Adnan. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.