Art events in Dubai

Exhibitions and shows not to miss from March 21-27

Wednesday 21

A group exhibition by six prominent Emirati artists
This vibrant group exhibition will feature the colourful works of six acclaimed local artists, including Abdul Qader Al Rais, Abdul Rahim Salim, Musab Al Rais, Dr Najat Makki, Mona Al Khaja and Asma Al Ghurair. Until March 31.
Hunar Gallery, Villa 6, Green Coast Village, off Nad Al Hammar Road, Rashidiya (04 286 2224).

Art Contemporary 2012
This group show features three artists with varying styles, including photographer and creator of GHiiii Art Gerard Huber, life drawing artist Corine Pagny and expressionist artist Cynthia Reta Richards.
Until March 30. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City (04 601 0101).

Microcosms with the Macrocosm, Elements of a Bigger Picture
South African landscape artist Lynette Ten Krooden presents a body of work depicting animals and nature on large canvases.
Until March 25. The Majlis Gallery, Al Fahidi roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

Omani Sketchbook British artist and painter
Paul Wadsworth presents a series of small sketched works that capture his time spent travelling in the Middle East.
Until March 31. The Majlis Gallery, Al Fahidi roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

The State: Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon
Touching on subjects such as master and slave relations, this show attempts to understand mechanisms of power.
Until March 31. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).

Truth of the Matter
Lahore-based artists Ehsan ul Haq and Iqra Tanveer will have the duty of opening this brand new gallery with an exhibition featuring sculptural-style installations. Each of the artists deal with the perception of time and existence.
Until April 19. Grey Noise, unit 24, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (050 175 2080).

Thursday 22

Art Morocco
This exhibition will display the works of contemporary Moroccan abstract artists Mohammed Melehi, Ahmed Cherkaoui and Jilali Gharbaoui. Their pieces represent a dialogue about their cultural heritage and the colonialism of North Africa.
Until April 30. Meem Gallery, next to Presetto, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

Nothing Beats the Blunderbuss
The newly re-opened Showcase Gallery is currently exhibiting the recent works by UK street artist Amartey Golding. His charcoal sketchings will showcase his fascination with detail and his expertise with photo montage.
Until April 18. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz,

Sikka Art Fair
This Bastakiya fair will focus on Emirati and local art. The event will also play host to music performances, food demonstrations, educational activities and an opportunity to watch local artists in residences.
Until March 25. Free. Bastakiya (04 384 2000). Thursday March 22. Noon-10pm. For all other timings visit

Terrestrial Bodies Featuring contemporary
Indian artists including Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Shibu Natesan, Jagannath Panda, Mithu Sen and Anju Dodiya, this exhibition touches on the rapid globalisation of India. Each of the artists have diverse styles, from the late modernist technique of Mazumdar to the photorealist style of Shibu Natesan.
Until April 25. 1x1 Art Gallery, warehouse no 4, plot 364-22 Al Mara Bea Street, Al Quoz (04 341 1287).

Toy Story
The works of acclaimed Iranian artist and illustrator of children’s books Morteza Zahedi will feature in a solo exhibition featuring a number of different mediums, including bronze statues and neon installations. Using conceptual surroundings, the artist’s work take on a playful, childlike vibe, but the underlying tones comment on life, politics and social issues.
Until April 30. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).

Friday 23

International potter and ceramic artist Homa Farley presents a pottery exhibition featuring her magnificent masterpieces as well as the works of her students.
Opening night 5pm-7pm; 10am-10pm all other days. Table 9, Hilton Dubai Creek Hotel (050 678 0968).

Buy tickets for ArtBus 2012
Tickets can now be bought for ArtBus 2012, which will run three routes daily throughout March 22 to 24, to the best galleries and exhibitions within Dubai’s biggest art hubs Al Quoz, Jumeirah, Bastakiya and DIFC. Dhs50 per person.

Saturday 24

Good News, Bad News, No News
Iranian-Egyptian artist Kamran Diba presents a solo show of recents works that are based on the media and international press. He has used actual newspaper articles to produce abstract images with topics, so as to appear as the front page of a newspaper. The exhibition also includes a narrative series, in which the artist uses images and words to convey ideas about art, sport, film and current events.
Until April 24. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).

Curated by acclaimed Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem, this group multi-media exhibition will feature 10 artists from a range of backgrounds. The artworks (which cover mediums including video, installation, painting and printmaking) aim to provide an accurate overview of Dubai’s diverse cultural make-up.
Until April 14. Ductac, Gallery of Light, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

Terra Incognita: Unmapped Identities
Presenting the works of artists in residence, photographer Binu Bakshar and painter Alex da Silva, this exhibition intertwines the artists’ diverse cultural upbringing through a visual conversation about acceptance and blurred borders.
Until April 10. Mojo Gallery, unit 33, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).

Yousef Ahmad
The acclaimed Qatari artist presents a solo exhibition of mixed-media works that are inspired by the landscape of the desert and incorporate Arabic calligraphy.
Until April 13. ArtSpace, Gate Village 3, 312th Road, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0820).

Sunday 25

Figure Out
This group show features contemporary Turkish artists including Asli Torcu, Zeren Goktan and Volkan Aslan. The theme of the exhibition relates to how the idea of self and the environmental surroundings can be used as a means of understanding human existence.
Until April 19. Art Sawa, Gate Village Bulding 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).

I Came, I Saw, I Captured
Dubai-based Palestinian artist presents a series of photographs, which tell the story of her travels.
Until March 31. Momentum Dubai, DIFC (04 327 4320).

Rebecca Rendell
Dubai-based artist Rebecca Rendell will display a body of work that is the result of a her recent time spent as an artist in residence with Thejamjar.
Until March 31. Thejamjar, behind Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Soul Rebel Renowned photojournalist
David Burnett presents an exhibition of iconic portraits of late reggae artist Bob Marley.
Until April 5. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

The Other Body
A solo exhibition by Saudi Arabian artist Zaman Jassim that features flat and three-dimensional works to suggest familiar shapes that resemble the human body.
Until April 19. Courtyard Gallery, interchange 3, exit 43, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).

Monday 26

In this group exhibition, six up-and-coming female Emirati artists have created artworks inspired by the abaya, reflecting on their own interpretation.
Until April 20. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Black is the New White
Six new works of Tunis-born artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke (who was awarded the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2011) will be on display in this multi-media exhibition depicting social, political and historical ideas.
Until May 4. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Islamic Design, Discovery and Vision: Owen Jones
Don’t miss this rare exhibition in Sharjah. It takes inspiration from treasures that make up the V&A (Victoria and Albert) collection to tell the story of 19th century architect and explorer Owen Jones (1809-1874), who is known to have introduced elements of Islamic design into Britain during that time. The exhibition includes watercolours, architectural drawings, as well as Victorian objects with elements of Islamic design.
Until July 15. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Corniche Street, Al Majjarah, Sharjah (06 565 5455).

Restless Violence
This solo exhibition features the mixed-media works of promising Iranian artist Sara Rahbar. The 10-piece show will feature works from her recent series entitled ‘War’ and ‘Confession of a sinner’.
Until April 28. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

The Throne
Syrian artist Othman Moussa presents a solo exhibition with influences of 17th century realism: throne-like chairs are draped with Oriental carpets, in which sit inanimate objects such as a butternut squash, a plucked chicken carcass and a propane tank.
Until April 24. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).

The Samawi Collection II
This must-see exhibition will feature over 60 contemporary Middle Eastern works as well as three installations from the private collections of Khaled and Hisham Samawi.
Until April 26. Ayyam Art Center, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).

Tuesday 27

A Visionary Modernist
Another reason to make the trek to Sharjah. This exhibition, organised by the Museum for African Art in New York, will feature 80 pieces by Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi. The works span his 50-year career as an artist and travels, and his style combines classic Western techniques with influences of Sudanese and Islamic art forms.
Until May 31. Sharjah Art Museum, Bait Al Serkal Al Shuwaiheyn, Sharjah (06 568 8222).

Brute Ornament
This exhibition will feature the works of two New York-based artists, Kamrooz Aram and Seher Shah. Their pieces will comment on how the use of decorative ornaments in the West led to the abstract movement and in particular, how it affected the popularity of modernism.
Until May 5. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).

This exhibition will feature the previous works of Tehran-based artist Shirin Aliabadi, plus two new works not yet revealed by the artist.
Until June 19. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).

Jean-Pierre Roc-Roussey and Nicola Rosini Di Santi
This exhibition will showcase French artist Jean-Pierre Roc-Roussey’s Baroque-style pieces and Italian-born Nicola Rosini Di Santi’s sculptures.
Until March 30. Opera Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).

This must-see exhibition will feature seven solo shows of seven diverse artists, spanning mediums including drawings, paintings, photography, video and site-specific installations. Works on show will include those by Cuadro’s represented artists, as well as the gallery’s current resident artists. Names include Roberto Lopardo, Manal Al Dowayan, Aidan Salakhova and Nadine Kanso.
Until May 9. Cuadro, Gate Village 10, DIFC. (04 425 0400).

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