Theatre, design, still life, multimedia and more cultural happenings
Acid Fields Lebanese artist Shawki Youssef’s figurative works investigate how the body is represented in contemporary art, and illustrate the effects that disease, war, love and lust have on the human form. Until July 10. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Breathing Walls | EGYPT NYC-based Lebanese artist Rhea Karam explores transient testimonies of life through a photographic documentation of walls in Egypt, and other countries in the region currently experiencing unrest. It exposes the more poignant, often overlooked details. Until August 31. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 447 7025).
Contemporary Turkish Art Features 40 artworks of acclaimed and emerging contemporary Turkish artists including Devrim Erbil, Arzu Akgun and Murat Germen. Until June 1. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, F21, First Floor, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 0900).
Me, Myself and Art Participants of the Young Artist Programme, including Aryana Gandhi, Emma Walsh, Ellie Shirazian, Urvi Seth, Mantika Harish, Jana Charchar, Tamara Anabtawi and Noor Zakaria, exhibit their works. Until May 24. Thejamjar, Street 17A, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).
All Good Things Come In Threes: Design3 Cool retro furniture and design haunt J+A Gallery has joined forces with Art Factum Gallery (Beirut) and La Galerie Nationale (Paris/Dubai) to display a unique collection of contemporary furniture and high-design items from designers including Marc Dibeh and Louis Durot. Until June 3. J+A Gallery, Street 4a, Al Quoz 1 (055 395 0495).
Spring Blooms This solo exhibition features the still life floral works of Uzbekistani artist Rimma Gagloeva and aims to bring awareness to artists from Central Asia. Until June 15. Alif Art Gallery, Damac Towers, DIFC (050 702 1064).
Birth of a Museum The must-see first large-scale presentation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection features more than 130 works – most of them never seen before – and includes ancient artefacts from all over the world which aim to highlight civilisations and illustrate links arising from shared human experience. Until July 20. Manarat Al Saadiyat Exhibition Centre, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (02 657 5800).
Monster A solo exhibition of large, colourful mixed-media works on canvas by Australian artist Jennifer Stelco. The artworks aim to capture the artist’s dancing, painting alter ego. Until June 1. 4 Walls Art Gallery, behind Volkswagon Showroom, Al Quoz 1 (04 338 8892).
The Dara Chronicles Emirati artist Maisoon Al Saleh’s solo show explores stories told to her as a child about the Dubai-based MV Dara passenger liner explosion on April 8 1961 in the Gulf, in which 238 people died. Until May 31. The Ara Gallery, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
CMYK Community Exhibition A showcase of the works of photographers based in the Middle East and abroad featuring images chosen from more than 1,000 submissions collected through an open call. All genres are covered including landscape, portrait, abstract and fine art. Until May 31. Gulf Photo Plus, Unit D36, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Drawing in the Park workshop Tashkeel has teamed up with The Archive to run a series of workshops from the Safa Park venue. Urban British artist Amartey Golding is hosting this two session workshop, which teaches line drawing, perspective, toning, proportions and form. Dhs150 per course. 16 and up. Until May 26. To register visit www.tashkeel.org.
Youssef Nabil The internationally acclaimed NYC-based Egyptian artist presents his latest work, featuring hand-painted silver gelatin photographs, which reflect on the clash of archetypes that define the state of his home country. Until June 12. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Parvaneh E’Temadi In this exhibition the Iranian artist displays collage-like compositions, made up of cut photocopied pieces of her previous colour pencil drawings, which have been glued on the surface of canvases. She brings to life inanimate objects and combines them with ancient Iranian myths, fables and literature. Until June 13. Jamm Art Gallery, Street 8, Warehouse 11, Al Quoz 1 (04 328 5169).
Pierre qui Roule Photographers including Algerian Fayçal Baghriche, French-Algerian Katia Kameli and Moroccan Yman Fakhir display their images for the first time in the UAE. Until May 30. Etemad Gallery, Unit 12, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Exit 43, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
A Miracle for the Whole World Iranian painter Mehdi Farhadian’s debut Dubai solo exhibition features vibrant utopic works, which evoke his nostalgia for the past. Farhadian departs from his usual references to history and architecture and explores nature and man’s relationship with the natural forces that surround. Until June 6. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
My Father Was Many and I Am Happy As A Sailor Austrian artist Philip Mueller presents a series of graffiti-like works, in which he travels through space and time to pay homage to the meaning of heritage and the eclectic influences shaping his artworks. These range from Grace Jones and Emperor Franz Josef to romanticism and deconstructivism. Until June 8. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue Warehouse 37, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).
Reza Derakshani The renowned Iranian artist’s textured canvases are inspired by his heritage and explore modern-day conceptual and philosophical ideas. A selection of his abstract paintings are on show alongside new works and specially commissioned installations. Until July 9. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).
10 A group show featuring multi-media works by ten contemporary artists including Carolin Kropff, Corrina Mehiel, Cristiana de Marchi, Lavanya Mani, Layla Juma, Mithu Sen, Parul Thacker, Prajakta Palav Aher, Shivani Agarwal and Simrin Mehra Agarwal. Until June 14. Empty10, Street 8, Warehouse 10, Al Quoz (04 432 4362).