Time Out's pick of the best exhibitions in Dubai this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Our picks of the week
1 Ilat at Showcase Gallery See Mon 2.
2 Omium-Gatherum at Gallery 76 See Fri 30.
3 LOL at Ayyam Gallery See Wed 28.
4 Colour for Interiors course at Vida Downtown Dubai See Sat 31.
5 Out, then at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery See Thu 29.
LOL Khaled Takreti's solo exhibition demonstrates the Syrian artist’s recent innovations in painting through a methodical process. In each work, the artist begins with appropriated or photographic imagery then creates a stencil that serves as the outline of his subjects as he renders an ‘etching’ on the sparse background of untreated canvas. Comprising subtle references to the ongoing conflict in his native Syria, the preceding paintings are devoid of colour and dominated by tragic, bombastic, or menacing characters. Until March 12. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Out, then Camille Zakharia was born in Lebanon in 1962 and left during the Civil War in 1985. Since then, he has spent time living in the US, Greece, Turkey and Canada before moving to Bahrain in 1999. Zakharia uses his camera to document the journey he has taken since his departure from Lebanon. Through photo montage, collage and print he both reveals and reconstructs his encounters with people and places, exteriors and interiors. Until March 3. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, DIFC (04 425 0400).
Omium-Gatherum The exhibition showcases ceramic sculptures by 19 international artists united by their passion for the material. Both beginners and advanced artists, they produce unique, diverse and striking works under the tutelage of Katerina Smoldyreva. Until February 3. Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Center, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
Colour for Interiors Interior design lovers can enjoy this fast-paced, one-day course that aims to provide participants with the tools to be more adventurous with colour. Students will learn the terminology needed to speak with confidence on the subject and how to use colour to manipulate the feel of a space. Those taking part will also come to understand how different shades can be used to change the proportion of a space, and will learn how to make walls feel as though they are receding or advancing, purely with the use of colour. The day starts with a lecture in the morning, followed by a fun, practical task in the afternoon. Dhs2,206. 9.30am-4pm. Chelsea College of Arts, Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (055 115 6674).
Sunday February 1
Unreasonable! Objects of desire: group show The international designers’ group exhibition focuses on furniture design and features the works of Tom Price, Luca Vinciguerra, Aldo Cibic, Jens Praet, Michael Wolfson and Tejo Remy. The exhibition showcases each artist’s latest, most emblematic items created. Until March 1. La Galerie Nationale, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz www.galerie-nationale.com (04 380 4652).
Ilat A moving, intimate and inspiring exhibition, ‘Ilat’ explores spiritual life by venturing into the imagination of the African peoples. Born in Manama, Bahrain, internationally acclaimed artist Hesham Malik presents his African journey for the first time through the medium of 25 artworks. Until February 28. Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Prix Pictet – Consumption The Prix Pictet is a globally recognised award in photography that is also coupled with sustainability. The award show is in its tenth year and this time around will follow a theme of ‘Consumption’, which aims to encourage debate and discussions on pressing issues regarding the environment and the challenges to be sustainable that the world faces today. Until February 16. East Wing, Limestone House, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (050 553 3879).