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  • View of “Rayyane Tabet,” 2018. Background: Basalt Shards, 2017. Foreground: Kopf Hoch! Mut Hoch! Und Humor Hoch! (Chin Up! Good Luck! And Keep Smiling!), 2017.

    Rayyane Tabet

    Sfeir-Semler Gallery | Beirut

    Opening a thick, bright-yellow-bound, German-language book about the ancient city of Tell Halaf in his grandparents’ library, Rayyane Tabet found a New Year’s card addressed in a casually elegant cursive hand to his great-grandfather. Both the card, sent from Weimar-era Berlin, and the book itself were written and signed by Baron Max von Oppenheim—the scion of a powerful German Jewish banking dynasty and attaché to the Khediviate of Egypt who went on to discover a neolithic archeological site in northeastern Syria in 1899. Stalled by the Ottoman bureaucracy and World War I, Oppenheim was

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