The best exhibitions currently showing in the emirate
Traces Bringing together the works of four artists: Nadia Kaabi Linke, Marwan Sahmarani, Selma Gübüz and Shahpour Pouyan, this collection explores the continuing role of paper in art and why it’s still relevant today. Until July 18. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Photomentaries An exhibition of entries to a photography competition based on the theme of celebrating Arab culture, featuring pieces from the UAE, Sudan and Jordan. Until July 20. Gulf Photo Plus, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Birth of a Museum The first large-scale presentation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection features more than 130 works and ancient artefacts. Until July 20. Manarat Al Saadiyat Exhibition Centre, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (02 657 5800).
The Shadows Collection A collection of richly coloured Arab-inspired abstract calligraphy by Syrian artist Helen Abbas, the exhibition includes 18 original pieces which have not been released before and which reflect the transient nature of life. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
A Verse Imprinted: Islamic Art A collection of artworks by 12 calligraphers inspired by the Holy Qu’ran and Arabic poetry. Until August 31. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
P Gnana A collaboration with online gallery Kobo, Scafa restaurant will be exhibiting a selection of Gnana’s paintings. From Singapore, Gnana is fascinated with collage and the process of building layers of ideas. The pictures on display will be changed every three weeks. Ongoing. Scafa, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 379 40 44).
Art Matters The summer workshops are being held for children from six to nine and ten to 14 years of age. They are aimed at developing the artistic skills of young people in the city. Until August 1. The Jam Jar, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).
My father was many and I am happy as a sailor Part II The third solo exhibition from Austrian artist Philip Mueller is an exploration of universal themes, such as where do we come from and where are we going? Mueller attempts to establish the answers to these questions through the creative act itself, focussing on the themes of heritage and ancestry. Mueller’s dramatic oil paintings reflect his interest in the metaphysical aspects of everyday life. Until September 6. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
Reza Derakshani The renowned Iranian artist’s textured canvases explore modern day conceptual and philosophical ideas, with his newest pieces dominated by monochrome colours. Until July 28. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).
No. 10 Rana Begum’s third solo show in Dubai is an exhibition of metal sculpture coated in vibrant colours. Her work explores the relationship between colour and three-dimensional space. Until July 30. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Chromophobia: Joint Exhibition A collaborative showcase between Jessica Mein and Adbelkader Benchamma, the exhibition is a study of how colour and form affects the human psyche and influences a sense of reality. Mein’s collages of salvaged billboards and Benchamma’s video projections and drawings aim to emphasise and challenge the intent of images when they are in their original context. Until July 28. Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Street 8, Building 17, Alserkal Avenue (04 323 5052).
#besomebody The graffiti exhibition is part of an ongoing global event, involving 30 countries. In Dubai, the artworks will be linked to the themes of future and imagination for the 2020 Expo. Ongoing. Al Serkal Avenue, Exit 43 off Sheikh Zayed Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 416 1900).
Mussawir Gallery The summer exhibition showcases a varied collection of paintings by nine of the gallery’s most popular contemporary artists. Until 31 July. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street, opposite Al Shirawi Equipment, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 1663).
Project Space: Amir H Fallah Inspired by Flemish floral paintings, Amir H Fallah’s solo exhibition showcases mixed media and collage pieces adding a modern twist to classic Dutch art. Until July 30. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).