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  • Untitled, 2014, 32,5 x 47, 5 cm © Adonis/Dennis Bouchard

  • Untitled, 1998 18,5 x 23, 5 cm © Adonis/Dennis Bouchard

  • Untitled, 2013, 33 x 47 cm © Adonis/Dennis Bouchard

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The visual works of poet Adonis take over Galerie Azzedine Alaïa in Paris

Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris, dedicates an exhibition to the visual works of Syrian poet, essayist and translator Adonis, one of the most acclaimed Arab poets of the world and perennial contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The exhibition, which is titled “A”, brings together more than 70 of Adonis’ impressive artworks, most of which have never been shown to the public before. Adonis started experimenting with painting in the 1990s after being encouraged by his friends in the art world, among them Shafic Abboud, Paul Guiragossian, Marwan Kassab-Bachi, Dia Azzawi and Kamal Boullata. His works, which with the passing of time have become a creative extension of his poetry, combine calligraphic interpretations of Arabic poems, ink and a series of found objects like fabrics and yarns, standing somewhere between the Arabic tradition and the Parisian avant-garde.

“Everything is poetry,” Adonis said recently in an interview with Daily Star. “The difference between a poem and a painting is simply the material that has been used, a piece of paper or a stain of ink. There’s composition, there’s musicality, vertical dimensions. It just depends who the artist is,” he continued, admitting that it’s good to change and experiment with different forms of expression: “When my head is tired, it’s a release to draw.”A”, a survey of visual works by the poet Adonis, is conceived in dialogue with critic, writer and academic Donatien Grau, and will remain on view until May 10, 2015, at the Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, 18, Rue de la Verrerie, 75004, Paris. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that includes critical essays by Emanuele Coccia, Donatien Grau and Andrea Zanzotto; a foreword by Azzedine Alaïa; and a conversation between the designer, Adonis, and artist Adel Abdessemed.