20 Dubai art events

Harlem Shake, contemporary art and more Dubai culture

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Wednesday 10

Harlem Shake at The Moving Museum Dubai
Join the art community in creating a Dubai version of viral web sensation The Harlem Shake. Set against the backdrop of DIFC, participants will act the role of museum visitors before breaking out into a dance act. RSVP using the email address below.
8pm-10pm. Until Wednesday 10. The Moving Museum, DIFC, Gate Village Building 9, info@themovingmuseum.com (052 836 8872).

Reza Derakshani
The renowned Iranian artist’s textured canvases are inspired by his heritage and explore modern-day conceptual and philosophical ideas. A selection of his abstract paintings are on show alongside new works and specially commissioned installations.
Until July 9. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).

Symphony
A sculpture-based installation by Adel Abidin made up of 90 small white doors, some open and some closed. Each holds a representation of one of the 90 Iraqi students who were stoned to death by religious extremists in Basra last year. A video installation displays the aftermath of the massacre.
Until April 18. Lawrie Shabibi, Building 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9906).

Timur Akhmadov
Alif Gallery is currently displaying works by the internationally acclaimed Uzbekistani artist in the public areas of DIFC’s Gate Village. His landscape paintings reveal the artist’s skill with texture and depth.
Until April 30. Gate Village, DIFC (050 702 1064).

Thursday 11

Happening Now
Viyé Diba (Senegal), Mohamed Abouelnaga (Egypt) and Sonya Rademeyer (South Africa) present works that explore the diversity and strength of African culture.
Until May 1. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).

The Dara Chronicles
Emirati artist Maisoon Al Saleh’s solo show explores stories told to her as a child about the Dubai-based MV Dara passenger liner explosion on April 8 1961 in the Persian Gulf, in which 238 people died.
Until May 31. The Ara Gallery, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Friday 12

An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar/Contraband
This solo exhibition by American artist Taryn Simon features two bodies of work, and examines the hidden elements that contribute to modern American culture.
Until May 6. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7026.

Saturday 13

Contemporary UAE Art
A showcase of photographs, paintings, sculptures and more by a range of UAE-based artists.
Until April 20. Arsh Art Gallery, Indigo Icon Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 420 3471).

Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern
This show features a number of images taken in June 1962, just six weeks before Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe’s death.
Until April 18. JAMM Art Gallery, Street 8, Warehouse 11, Building 19, close to Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (050 228 8134).

Monir Farmanfarmaian 2004-2013
This exhibition reflects upon the past decade of the Iranian artist’s journey and features some work being displayed for the first time.
Until April 19. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Sunday 14

A Line in the Sand
A group show featuring seven young and emerging Saudi artists. Ahmed Angawi, Musaed Al-Hulis, Rashed Al-Shashai, Basma Felemban, Sara Khoja, Eyad Maghazel, and Shaweesh illustrate the real and perceived boundaries set by their environment. This metaphorical work explores how they’re stepping over the ‘line in the sand’.
Until April 21. Artspace, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0820).

Contemporary Art Visions
In this exhibition, talented international artists Gerald Huber, Rahat Qavi and Brett Mendonca display their contemporary artworks. Each artist has a diverse style.
Until April 28. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).

Sublime Expression
Features unique works from contemporary artists who play on the concept of ‘miniature’.
Until April 18. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street, opposite Al Shirawi Equipment, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 1663).

Monday 15

Beginning at the End
Inspired by ninth-century Islamic philosophers and the black-on-black works of many abstract expressionists, UK-based artist Idris Khan uses black oil-based ink on black-screened paper to create drawings that probe the essence of the artist and art making.
Until April 21. Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Street 8, Building 17, Alserkal Avenue (04 323 5052).

Métamorphose Exhibition
A display of the 20 finalists in the Métamorphose theme competition, hosted by Van Cleef & Arpels, Design Days Dubai and Tashkeel.
Until April 30. Tashkeel, Intersection Street 5 and 20, Nad Al Sheba Road (04 336 3313).

The Moving Museum – Tectonic
This new independent not-for-profit organisation runs a travelling programme of contemporary art exhibitions in different cities around the world. The Dubai slot features artists including Jeremy Deller, Ali Banisadr, Michael Rakowitz, The Bruce High Quality Foundation and Eddie Peake.
Until April 25. Gate Village 9, DIFC (052 836 8872).

The Open Exhibition
Think you’ve got skills to rival Rembrandt? Paint a canvas at the studio and you’ll have a chance to join this open exhibition of independent artists and painting enthusiasts. Anyone above the age of 18 can enter one painting, whether amateur or professional. All paintings must be on thejamjar canvas painting packages and painted at studio. Submissions must be made before April 20. The final selection will be made by thejamjar and displayed until April 30.
Until April 30. Thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).

Tuesday 16

Christie’s auction of modern and contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish art
This two-day auction showcases works by leading Arab artists including Zenderoudi, Sepehri, Moshiri, Moudarres, Guiragossian, Kayyali and Essaydi and includes a range of price points from Dhs11,000 and above. A free public viewing will take place from Sunday April 14. 7pm.
Until April 17. Godolphin ballroom, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 425 5644).

Defaced
Iranian artist Shohreh Mehran presents oil paintings depicting people with their faces covered. The artworks question the way crime is treated by the media in modern society.
Until April 27. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).

The Wrong Women
A solo exhibition by contemporary Iranian artist Afshin Pirhashemi, who presents 12 new paintings that explore the role of women in contemporary Iranian society. His edgy artworks have a gothic almost comic-style aesthetic.
Until April 25. Ayyam Gallery, DIFC (04 439 2395).

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