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30 May 2017

Fahrelnissa Zeid at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Abstract Composition, 1953
Oil on canvas
181 x 431 cm
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art Collection
Eczacıbaşı Group Donation

Fahrelnissa Zeid and Fahrelnissa Zeid
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art


30 May - 30 July 2017

Melisa Korkmaz
+90 212 334 73 00

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Liman İşletmeleri
Sahası Antrepo No: 4, 34433 Karaköy - İSTANBUL

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Fahrelnissa Zeid
A Selection from the Istanbul Modern Collection
30 May - 30 July 2017

Eleven years after 'Two Generations of the Rainbow', Istanbul Modern's retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid together with her son Nejad Melih Devrim, Istanbul Modern revisits its collection of Fahrelnissa Zeid for a special selection in its Pop-Up Exhibition Area.

Known for her exuberant, powerful compositions, Zeid has a unique visual language so vivid and rich that it cannot be reduced to a single style. The exhibition features 23 artworks, not only abstract geometric compositions in which the artist excelled, but also expressionist paintings that merge her unique color palette with references to Byzantine, Islamic, and Western art. The selection focuses on Zeid's most prolific years from the 1940s, marking her introduction to the art scene in Turkey, through the 1970s, when she moved to Amman, Jordan.

A documentary coproduced by Istanbul Modern for the 2006 exhibition 'Fahrelnissa & Nejad: Two Generations of the Rainbow' will also be on view, together with a selection of archival materials on Zeid's life and artistic practice.

About Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991)

One of the first female graduates of the Sanayi-i Nefise (Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul), Zeid continued her studies in painting in the studio of Stalbach at the Académie Ranson in Paris, and later in the studio of Namık İsmail in Istanbul. In 1934, she married Prince Zeid, the ambassador of Iraq in Ankara, and became a princess. In 1976, Fahrelnissa Zeid moved permanently to Amman, where she established an institute of arts which she supported throughout her remaining years.

Recently, Fahrelnissa Zeid's artistic journey has gained fresh momentum in the global art world. Following biennials in Sharjah and Istanbul, her work was exhibited in 'Post War: Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic 1945-65' at Haus der Kunst in Munich, and in 'Colori' at GAM-Torino. As of June 13, a Zeid retrospective with 8 works from the Istanbul Modern Collection is on view at the Tate Modern in London.