A Turk­ish artist turns his back on de­spair

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When war broke out in 1914, Turk­ish artist Fey­haman Du­ran was liv­ing in Paris and tech­ni­cally an il­le­gal alien. Forced back to Is­tan­bul, he found a city in cri­sis. Refugees ar­rived daily, sol­diers marched off to war and peo­ple were los­ing hope. But Du­ran did not con­vey de­spair through his art. This ex­hi­bi­tion in Is­tan­bul shows his beau­ti­ful land­scapes of the Princes Is­lands off the Is­tan­bul coast; views of the Bospho­rus; and domes of the Top­kapi Palace. His house and stu­dio in Is­tan­bul is cur­rently be­ing re­stored. Fey­haman Du­ran: Be­tween Two Worlds runs at the Sakip Sa­banci Mu­seum un­til July 30. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sakipsa­bancimuzesi.org.

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