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Tate Modern. Fahrelnissa Zeid

Tate Modern. Fahrelnissa Zeid


As the first UK retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991), this major exhibition will gather paintings, drawings and sculptures that span over 40 years in the career of this pioneering artist, revealing her to be a pivotal figure in the international history of abstract art.

One of the first women to receive formal training as an artist in Istanbul, Zeid is best known for her large-scale colorful canvases that fuse European approaches to abstract art with Byzantine, Islamic and Persian influences.

The exhibition covers Zeid’s expressionist works made in Istanbul in the early 1940s, revealing the breakthrough moment when she championed experimental approaches to painting with the avant-garde d Group in Turkey. It then explores her immersive abstract canvases exhibited in London, Paris and New York in the 1950s and 1960s, and finally her return to portraiture later in life.