21 to try: Dubai art exhibitions

Opera recital, fire and dance by the Dubai Fountains and more

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Wednesday 23

Figure It Out
Focusing on figure work from French artists Corine Pagny, Yolanda Hessenbrch and Guillame Delormas.
Until February 27. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City (04 601 0101).

I Know, I Knew
A solo exhibition by emerging Emirati artist Sara Al Haddad. It features work created during her residency at Ductac, which involves deconstruction and reconstruction in order to explore the process of adjusting and readjusting expectations.
Until January 27. Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

Street Art in the City
Showcases the artworks of international street-art legends including Banksy, Salamech, Mau Mau, Shepard Fairey, D’Face, Richard Mirando (aka Seen), British Design Collective, Evil Dr Revolt and Mr Brainwash, plus the UAE’s Saif B Chilmiran.
Until February 13. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Shopping Mall, F21, First Floor, Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 345 0900).

Thursday 24

6pm in Dubai
A solo photography exhibition from Fatma Al Hashemi that captures the city on the cusp of dusk.
Until February 15. Momentum Dubai, Gate Village, DIFC (04 327 4320).

Bird, Lock, Freedom and Hou Hagh
An exhibition of bronze sculptures and bronze and silver medallions by famous Iranian master Taha Behbahani.
Until February 1. Arsh Art Gallery, 2204 Indigo Icon Tower, JLT (04 420 3471).

Faceless
The third solo show from photographer Marwa Adel is a collection of works that explores her desire to break free from restrictions imposed on women in society.
Until February 2. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 340 8660).

Life
A exhibition of leading Chinese artists, each with traditional styles. Artists on show include Tian Jun, GengJian, and LiFu.
Ongoing. Corp Executive Hotel Apartments, Barsha 1 (050 697 5146).

Friday 25

Opera recital by Clare and David Lesser
This live performance highlights some of the most beautiful music of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including French songs by Duparc and Fauré, plus Puccini and German composer Meyerbeer. There are limited seats, so call to book.
Dhs125 for adults, Dhs100 for students, Dhs75 for children. Art Sawa, 323 Road, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 8660).

Saturday 26

Dubai International Comedy Carnival
Local organisation Dubomedy is holding a two-day youth circus workshop and a breakdance competition, starting today at Festival Centre.
Until January 26. www.comedy.ae, or search for Dubai International Comedy Carnival on Facebook.

Les Contradictions de la Vie
In this vibrant show, Geneva-based Senegalese artist Cheikhou Ba delves deeper into the perceptions, attitudes and ambiguities that inform and shape the human condition.
Until February 28. The Mojo Gallery, 33 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).

Letters of Gold
Omani calligrapher Saleh Al Shukairi presents a solo exhibition of Arabic calligraphy, created through new painting techniques inspired by his global travels. Al Shukairi is a member of the Omani Society of Fine Arts, where he is one of the founders of the Calligraphy Club and the Youth Studio.
Until March 9. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

When Photography Became An Art
An extraordinary exhibition by the influential Bauhaus School. It features photography from 1924 to 1932, by 15 different artists. The photos are known as the first art pictures in the history of photography.
Until February 17. La Galerie Nationale, Unit 27, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 4652).

Sunday 27

Automatic Assembly Actions
A solo exhibition of works by Stuttgart-based Iranian video installation artist Anahita Razmi, covering themes such as art history, politics and cultural spheres.
Until March 14. Carbon 12, Unit D37, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).

Campus Art Dubai
A public talk by leading international curators and artists, visiting Dubai as part of a six-month programme run by Art Dubai in partnership with the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture). Tonight the talk focuses on the making of India’s first biennale, The Kochi-Muziris Biennale.
6.30pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (050 644 1304).

Horses of Harmony and Hope
Notable Peruvian painter and sculptor José Carlos Ramos presents ‘a vision of Latin American magical surrealism’ with a show in the capital.
Until January 29. Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 422 7550).

Monday 28

Aware
A collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), this exhibition aims to raise awareness of starvation in the region. It features artworks by emerging and established Middle Eastern artists across various mediums. The exhibition will culminate in an auction, with all proceeds donated to WFP’s projects to help refugees in Iran.
Until March 7. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).

The Eye of Dubai
A video installation by Christian Jankowski, which chronicles in black and white the German artist’s experimental visit to Dubai, during which himself and a film crew remained blindfolded throughout the duration of their trip. The screening is accompanied by a BBC World News documentary about the making of the film.
Until January 28. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Water, fire and light show
Running twice daily at 8pm and 10pm, this spectacular features water, fire, music, multimedia projections and live performances. The show was apparently put together by the team responsible
for the Beijing and London Olympics ceremonies.
Daily 8pm and 10pm. Until February 4. Dubai Fountain, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaimall.com (no number).

Tuesday 29

From Past to Present
This solo exhibition features recent works by Iranian artist Salar Ahmadian. His text-based paintings show the artist as more than just a calligrapher: he delicately reinvents the traditional technique into contemporary weaves, with colour a primary focus.
Until March 12. Etemad Gallery, Unit 12, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).

King Give Us Soldiers
Hungarian painter Zsolt Bodoni’s first solo exhibition in Dubai features works that relate to power and society. Using inspiration from books, history and his own childhood, his detailed paintings are almost photo-like.
Until March 3. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).

Olympia by Bryan Ferry
A series of limited-edition prints of versions of English singer Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music album covers, created between 1972 and 1982, plus solo album covers featuring Kate Moss.
Until February 28. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue (04 380 9600).

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