"FEYHAMAN DURAN. BETWEEN TWO WORLDS" EXHIBITION AT SAKIP SABANCI MUSEUMThe Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), in the 15th anniversary of its founding, salutes one of the leading representatives of the 1914 Generation, Feyhaman Duran (1886-1970), with an exhibition titled "Feyhaman Duran. Between Two Worlds". Prepared in cooperation with Istanbul University, it features his life and work.
The exhibition sheds light on Feyhaman Duran’s life and includes the broadest sample of his work. Over 1,000 of his works, which tracks the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Republic and his amalgamation of Ottoman tradition with western art; and some parts of his home in Beyazıt, Istanbul where he lived most his life with his wife Güzin Duran are all included in the exhibition with presentations that reveal his daily life and studio.
There is also a compilation of paintings, which can be described as Feyhaman Duran’s "special collection," comprising of landscapes and still-lifes, alongside his portraits which he was best known for.
SSM Director Dr. Nazan Ölçer, speaking on the exhibition, said: "During the preparatory stage of our exhibit, we tracked step by step Feyhaman Duran’s life, from his birth in an enlightened Ottoman family in 1886, in Istanbul’s traditional atmosphere at the time to the European world of Beyoğlu. We tried to portray the years he grew up in Istanbul through documentary footage obtained from foreign sources. To better understand his years in Paris of the 1910s, when his talent was truly developed through an academic process at École des BeauxArts and Académie Julian, was likewise tracked through footage obtained from the archives of various foreign institutions and film museums."
The exhibition reveals how Duran left an empire tattering close to the abyss to the center of the global art Paris and finding himself in the midst of an enormous transformation when he came back home and how each of these life altering developments affected his art. It also tries to reveal, via the history of painting of the era, the ways in which the Ottoman Empire is transformed into the Republic.
The exhibition also includes documentary screenings to shed light on the era of Feyhaman Duran’s life and work, to be supported with conferences and workshops for children and photographs.
"Feyhaman Duran. Between Two Worlds" could be seen at Sakıp Sabancı Museum until July 30.