National Library of France
Salah Stétié, 5 in your eye, illustrated by Pierre Alechinsky, Paris 1998
© Adagp, 2013 – BnF, Rare books reserve
from March 5, 2013 to April 14, 2013 François-Mitterrand / Large galleryBorn in Beirut in 1929, Salah Stétié both leads a diplomatic and literary career. His poems are exclusively written in French. From the writer’s early age, the use of French language was in fact imposed by his father; this is why he re-discovered the Arabic language and literature – especially the Islamic mystical poetry – during his studies at the Sorbonne in the Fifties. His poetry, as a “poésie des deux rives”, always makes the two cultures interact and inspires many painters. Salah Stétié was awarded the Grand Prix de la Francophonie in 1995. The exhibition will present a choice of manuscripts, first editions and artists’ books, an opportunity to discover the poet at work.
Friday, February 15, 2013