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"Everything is poetry," Adonis said.Adonis' visual art is a lyrical blend of calligraphy, collage and ink.Nowadays Adonis writes or makes art according to his mood.Paris' Galerie Azzedine Alaia is exhibiting over 70 of Adonis' works, most of which have never been displayed before. His work harmoniously interweaves words with muted colors and evokes a certain freshness and joy. Adonis' experiments with visual art began by taking verses by such great Arab poets as Bashar ibn Burd, or the pre-Islamic poet Abu Zuaib al-Huzal.When the so-called Arab Spring uprisings began in 2011, Adonis was alternately attacked or defended for having expressed his reservations.Adonis is not enthusiastic about exhibiting his work in the Middle East, though a smaller show of his work opened in Abu Dhabi last year.Perhaps the best description of Adonis' sentiments about the Arab world have come from Khaled Mattawa, his English-language translator, as quoted in a 2012 article in the Guardian.Having grown up within a village farming family, Adonis still draws inspiration from his childhood memories. "A" an exhibition of Adonis' visual art is on show until May 10, 2015 at the Galerie Azzedine Alaia, 18, Rue de la Verrerie 75004 Paris Tel.
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