Fahrelnissa Zeid

Tate Modern
Until October 08
The UK’s first ever retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid will take place at Tate Modern this summer. Zeid was known for her imposing immersive vibrant canvasses that she tempered with influences of European, Byzantine, Islamic and Turkish artistic practices.
Resolved Problems 1948 Oil paint on canvas 130 x 97 cm Istanbul Modern Collection/ Eczacibaşi Group Donation © Raad bin Zeid Collection
The Tate Modern retrospective will celebrate works spanning four decades. These will include a range of Zeid’s globally diverse paintings, drawings, sculptures and a selection of portraits.

Her dynamic move from figuration to abstraction will be examined through works such as “Fight against Abstraction” (1947) and “Resolved Problems” (1948). Several works from her ever first solo exhibitions, held in her own apartment in Istanbul during the mid-1940s, will also go on display.

Zeid’s extraordinary life saw her studying art in both Istanbul and Paris. She went on to exhibit works across Europe, the USA and the Middle East. During the last twenty years of her career, Fahrelnissa Zeid returned to figurative paintings – the exhibition will culminate with several of her portraits.


Tate Modern, Bankside, London
Tube: Southwark/Blackfriars
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-10pm
Entry fee:
Adult: £11.30 Concession: £10.00, Under 12s: FREE
June 13 - October 08


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