Our critic's picks of the best art currently on show
An Islamic Art Treasure At 120 years old, the Damascene Mahmal is located in the Souk Atrium at Dubai Mall. This beautiful piece has embroidered quotes from the The Holy Qu’ran along with a Kiswah (black cloth) that covers the Ka’aba (sacred house). Until August 15, Dubai Mall (04 362 7500).
An exhibition of the winners and shortlisted entrants to a photography competition, which is based on the theme of celebrating Arab culture. Until August 15. Gulf Photo Plus, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Captivating Calligraphy Unique interpretations of calligraphy from four Pakistani artists, the exhibition includes works from Ahmed Khan, one of the greatest living calligraphic artists. Until August 20. Art Couture and Mussawir Gallery, Al Badia Golf Club, Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, Festival City (04 7012 1127).Modern Iraqi Art: A Collection An extensive collection of works from Iraq’s modern masters including Faiq Hassan, Jewad Selim, Halim Karim, Hanaa Malallah and Mahmoud Obaidi. Until September 27. Meem Gallery, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz 3 (04 347 7883).
A Verse Imprinted: Islamic Art A collection of religious 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 (04 454 2784).
Breathing Walls | EGYPT NYC-based Lebanese artist Rhea Karam explores transient testimonies of life through photos of urban art on walls in Egypt. Until August 31. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 447 7025).
Demolition Iranian artist Fereydoon Omididi’s solo calligraphy exhibition is a showcase of his hypnotic art, where he uses repetition of letters to achieve a rhythmic, dance-like quality to his paintings. The large-scale homages to Persian art are created through his layering of oils on the canvas. View by appointment, until September 30. XVA Gallery. Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).My father was many and I am happy as a sailor Part II The third solo exhibition of surreal paintings from Austrian artist Philip Mueller is an exploration of universal themes, such as where do we come from and where are we going? Until September 6. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
P Gnana In a collaboration with online gallery Kobo, Scafa restaurant will be exhibiting a selection of Gnana’s paintings. Originally from Singapore, Gnana is fascinated with collage, the process of building layers of ideas and the evolution of thoughts. The pictures on display will be changed every three weeks. Ongoing. Scafa, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 379 40 44).
The Shadows Collection
A collection of richly coloured Arab-inspired abstract calligraphy by Syrian artist Helen Abbas, the exhibition includes 18 original pieces that have not been released before and which reflect the transient nature of life. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Mégatours: toujours plus haut! Mega towers: higher and higher! Designed by Parisian collective Universcience, this exhibition explores the possibility of skyscrapers, their desirability and covers the construction of a ‘mega’ skyscraper which began this year in Jeddah and is set to be more than 1km high. Until October. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai (04 335 8712).
Taking its origins from cubism, Patrice Palacio’s fragmental art is a concept he developed with well-known ceramicist Xavier Llongeras. Palacio’s first presentation includes a unique portrait of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Until September 3, ProArt Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah (04 345 0900).
Resonating Script This show is a celebration of the rhythmic vibrancy of calligraphic art, exhibiting the creations of nine contemporary artists. Until August 28. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 1663).
Hung from the Moon
The first solo exhibition from Emirati artist Farah Al Qasimi, her photographic prints explore the idea of an irrational fear of returning home and the role which everyday objects play in how we define ourselves. Until August 31. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).