Etel Adnan Meets Paul Klee

  • Fabienne Eggelhöfer Center Paul Klee Bern
Keywords: Etel Adnan, Paul Klee, Zentrum Paul Klee, Abstraction


In comparing the works of Etel Adnan and Paul Klee, their shared interest in the relationship between writing and images became clear. Etel Adnan’s great admiration for Klee’s art was an additional reason for holding an exhibition at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. The following note examines the extent to which the artists’ engagement with (Arabic) calligraphy was an integral part of their practices.

Author Biography

Fabienne Eggelhöfer, Center Paul Klee Bern

In 2017 Fabienne Eggelhöfer has been appointed chief curator and director of collection, exhibitions and research at the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, where she had served as curator for modern and contemporary art since 2007. In 2012 she completed a research project on Paul Klee’s teaching at the Bauhaus that culminated in an online database of Klee’s teaching notes and an exhibition. In addition, she also analyzed the meaning of nature in Klee’s teaching in a dissertation leading to a PhD degree. In several exhibitions she focused her interest on the continuities and discontinuities in the development of art since the beginning of the 20th century. The Zentrum Paul Klee granted her a curatorial leave in 2015 and 2016 in order to research the impact of Paul Klee on the American artists of the mid-20th century which culminated in the exhibition Ten Americans: After Paul Klee.

How to Cite
Eggelhöfer, F. (2019). Etel Adnan Meets Paul Klee. Manazir Journal, 1, 8–13.