This is the first major retrospective of Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid, an important figure in the Turkish avant-garde of the 1940s and the École de Paris (School of Paris) in the 1950s.
Trained in Paris and Istanbul, her work is infused with Islamic, Arab, Persian and European influences. Her monumental abstract works reveal her obsession with dramatic lines and exuberant colour. She came from an extraordinary, creative family. Her brother, the writer Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı, who called himself The Fisherman of Halicarnassus, shot their father, Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı, in unknown circumstances.