Essential art & culture events

Thursday 10

A Growing Wall
Acclaimed Syrian artist Baseem Rayyes presents a gripping exhibition that explores the pain, grief and destruction caused by war around the world.
Until November 15. Aspen Café, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999).

Art Palestine
This group show features the works of contemporary Palestinian artists Nabil Anani, Tayseer Barakat and Sliman Mansour. Each piece reflects on the occupation of Palestine, as well as the recent Middle East uprisings. Until November 11.
Meem Gallery, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

This exhibition, featuring 10 artists, explores the collage technique made popular by Picasso in the 20th century and its impact on traditional media.
Until November 11. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery. Building 10, Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 0400).

Artist Izdeyar Setna presents this moving photography exhibition in which he captures the raw emotion of those living in the war torn streets of Karachi.
Until January 12. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

Editions: Prints & Multiples
View prints from some of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Those on show include Dali, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Yue Minjun, Banksy, Blek Le Rat and Mr Brainwash.
Until November 30. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, First Floor, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 0900).

Emirati artist Saeed Khalifa presents his first solo photo exhibition, a magical collection of surreal fairytale-like images that comment on acceptance in modern society.
Until November 29. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Go to the Corner
Working with ceramics, British artist Michael Cooper has created a group of blocks by pouring liquid clay into a mould and then pouring it out again. He has then adorned each with decorative imagery to give them their own individuality.
Until November 26. Thejamjar, Street 17A, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Middle East, Middle Kingdom
Contemporary Chinese artists, including The Gao Brothers, will feature in a controversial show that aims to present an accurate view of the problems facing modern China.
Until November 12. Gallery Etemad, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).

Friday 11

Dust Breeding
A solo show by Turkish artist Ergin Cavusoglu consists of a large-scale interactive perspective floor drawing in vinyl, and provides commentary on the vast expansion within the UAE.
Until December 2. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, (04 447 7025).

Saturday 12

Erbil-Dubai: Chasing Utopia
Kurdish Iraqi artist Walid Siti, who this year was invited to exhibit at the 54th Venice Biennale, presents his latest body of work, which comments on parallels between the ancient city of Erbil in Iraq and modern Dubai.
Until December 5. XVA Gallery DIFC, Gate Village Building 7 (04 358 5117).

Obscure Stream of Life, But I’m Still Having My Afternoon Cuppa
Tehran-based sculptor Bita Fayyazi presents this unusual nine-piece exhibition of mannequin-like pieces that show deformities, desecrations and physical exaggerations as an analogy for a fragmented and dysfunctional society.
Until December 25. Gallery IVDE, Unit 17, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).

The Sound of Music
The world’s most famous musical tells the story of Maria and the Von Trapp family, and comes to Dubai’s shores for a six-day production, featuring both local and West End talent. Dhs175. Daily 7.30pm. Matinee peformances Wed 3pm and Fri 2.30pm.
Until November 18. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah,

Sunday 13

Art in Iraq Today
An exhibition featuring selected works of contemporary Iraqi artists, and curated in the memory of author Jabra Ibrahim Jabra.
Until December 3. Meem Gallery, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

Hadutta Masriya
Three Egyptian artists feature in this group exhibition, which tells the story of Egypt before and after the Arab Spring.
Until December 30. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).

Limited Edition Prints and Rare Signed Posters: American Pop Artists
Come here to check out prints by some of the world’s most revered Pop artists including Cy Twombly, Richard Serra, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol.
Until December 8. Total Arts at the Courtyard, Street 4, Al Quoz (04 347 5050).

Mind’s Eye
This solo exhibition from acclaimed Turkish artist Selma Gurbuz features large-scale works of oil on canvas and ink on paper. Her paintings have a romantic feel and she draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, giving her pieces an eclectic vibe.
Until December 7. Lawrie Shabibi, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Sadegh Tirafkan
This Iranian artist will show a solo exhibition featuring four series of works including digital collages and installations, that document his life during the time period of 2004 and 2010.
Until December 19. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8 (04 346 8649).

Spot the 40
As part of the planned 40 days of events being held this year in the run-up to National Day on December 2, when the UAE will mark its 40th year, organisers are inviting people to snap photos of the number 40s they spot around town (on signage or elsewhere).
Send in your submissions via the website to be included in a collage of visual representations.

Ziad Dalloul
This Syrian artist’s works feature domestic objects such as chairs and tables placed in sparse landscapes. He uses materials such as sepai, ink and handmade paper.
Until January 5. Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).

Monday 14

Geopolitics of Roots: No Man’s Land
In this exhibition, celebrated Iranian video and performance artist Ghazel comments on identity and the metaphoric concept of space.
Until January 8. Carbon 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392).

Nothing, Nobody
Working with philosophical undertones, Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji presents a solo show of large-scale paintings and installation art that depict a reappearing shadowy figure and provide commentary on the conflicts and desolation facing humanity.
Until December 15. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2395).

Tuesday 15

A Real Dream
This solo exhibition by Syrian artist Safwan Dahoul features several new additions to the ‘Dream’ series, which in the past have been themed around a despairing woman in isolated quarters. In these new large bodies of work, the woman is seen to have overcome her confinement.
Until November 30. Ayyam Art Centre, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

The Barjeel Art Foundation presents a curated selection of more than 500 contemporary works from Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi’s personal collection, exploring the concept of travel and nostalgia, and showcasing regional talent. It’s worth the journey.
Until February 20. Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Sharjah (06 556 6555).

Wednesday 16

ArtBus to Abu Dhabi Art 2011
Offering Dubai-based art lovers the chance to explore Abu Dhabi’s art scene, the ArtBus will take a tour of Abu Dhabi’s most prominent art spaces before stopping off at the fair. The bus will depart daily from thejamjar at 10am and will leave Saadiyat Island at approximately 7.30pm.
Dhs50 per person. Until November 19. Thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

High Tide
Stephan Geisler’s colourful urban-style artworks are refreshingly upbeat. He uses bright colours and fantasy themes as a form of escapism, to showcase occurrences in day-to-day life.
Until November 20. Showcase Gallery, Villa 679, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 348 8797).

Combining Chinese and Western techniques, acclaimed Beijing artist Hu Yongkai will present 60 paintings inspired by his visits to the Middle East, as well as his signature caricatures of Chinese women.
Until November 23. Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

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