Nine new shows open this week, plus the launch of Capsule Arts
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).
Talin Habzer and Alina Gallo presentation
The two talented artists will be revealing their completed works following their residencies at thejamjar. 7pm. Exhibition until September 18. thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).
Capsual Arts Launch The evening launch will be a showcase of the gallery’s collection of limited edition prints along with the opportunity to meet the artists. 7pm. Capsule Arts, Street 4, Al Quoz 3 (04 388 1799).
Mégatours: toujours plus haut!
Mega towers: higher and higher! Designed by Parisian collective Universcience, this exhibition explores the possibility of skyscrapers 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 1. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai (04 335 8712).
The Universe of Patterns A study by architect André Meyer about how contemporary geometric design can reflect the modern Middle East. Until September 21. Swiss Art Gate UAE exhibition, Swiss Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 395 8782).
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. Until September 30. XVA Gallery. Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
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).
Vantage Point Sharjah: Group Presentation A collection of photographs which capture the emirate of Sharjah, including its central and eastern regions. The images are from UAE residents. Until December 7. Sharjah Art Foundation, Arts Area, Sharjah (06 568 5050).
P Gnana In a collaboration with online gallery Kobo, Scafa restaurant will be exhibiting a selection of Gnana’s paintings. Based in Singapore but raised in India, Gnana is fascinated with collage, building layers of ideas and the evolution of thoughts. The pictures will be changed every three weeks. Ongoing. Scafa, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 379 40 44).
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).
Ghazel | Family Tree (From the Me series) An exhibition of performance art and photography based on the theme of family stories by an Iranian contemporary artist. Until November 10. Carbon 12. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. (04 340 6016).KHOSH BOSH! Beirut – An Identity Adrift This show explores the essence of the Lebanese capital through multi-layered artworks. Until October 31. The Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 63 67).
Middle Eastern artist Mohammed Fassounaki showcases his paintings of observations of passing scenes of everyday life, alongside Alia Dawood’s drawings of built or incomplete constructions in Dubai, a ‘city-in-process’. Until October 9. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Rawiya | She Who Tells a Story A collective exhibition by four female photographers from across the Arab world who share intimate portraits of everyday life. Until October 16. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Jung Lee A photographer from South Korea who explores the subject of human relationships. Until October 23. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Passing the Crisis: Rezan Sadeghzadeh
A collection of oil paintings inspired by female apprehensions, hopes and fears. Until October 15. Ayyam Gallery Dubai, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 6242).