Lebanese artist Shawki Youssef’s figurative works investigate how the body is represented in contemporary art, and illustrate the effects that disease, war, love and lust have on the human form.
Until July 10. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
A Miracle for the Whole World
Iranian painter Mehdi Farhadian’s debut Dubai solo exhibition features vibrant utopic works, which evoke his nostalgia for the past. Farhadian departs from his usual references to history and architecture and explores nature and man’s relationship to the natural forces that surround.
Until June 6. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Dubai Marina Fine Art Show
Geneva’s Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery runs a pop-up exhibition of artwork from 23 artists, including Salvador Dali, Patrick Hughes, Richard Orlinski and Chayan Khoi. The show offers a unique perspective on the neo pop art and post-surrealism movements.
Until May 14. Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 434 1577).
CMYK Community Exhibition
This exhibition showcases the work of photographers based in the Middle East and abroad and features images chosen from more than 1,000 submissions collected through an open call. All genres are covered, including landscape, portrait, abstract and fine art.
Until May 31. Gulf Photo Plus, Unit D36, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Sharjah Biennial 11: Re:emerge Towards a New Cultural Cartography
Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, this year’s must-see art biennial is inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecture, where elements of public and private life intertwine. Sharjah Biennial 11 also includes a programme of music, performances and film screenings.
Until May 13. Arts and Heritage Areas, Sharjah (06 544 4113).
Birth of a Museum
The must-see first large-scale presentation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection features more than 130 works – most of them never seen before – and includes ancient artefacts from all over the world which aim to highlight civilisations and illustrate links arising from shared human experience.
Until July 20. Manarat Al Saadiyat Exhibition Centre, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (02 657 5800).
This exhibition demonstrates how French oil painter Karine Roche goes inside her own personal landscape, pivoting between mental and sensitive, emotional and evocative. Coloured fabrics on some paintings represent memories of places and people, either given, found or purchased on markets here and abroad.
Until May 28. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Colour Theory Workshop
Clueless when it comes to colour? Learn the basics, including how to mix primary colours to get secondary colours and complete a colour wheel. You’ll create gradations of specific colours as well as learn the personalities of the colours and the psychology in each.
Free. 3pm-5pm. Until May 11. The Archive, Safa Park, Gate 5 (04 349 4033).
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 Gulf, in which 238 people died.
Until May 31. The Ara Gallery, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
The internationally acclaimed NYC-based Egyptian artist presents his latest work, featuring hand-painted silver gelatin photographs, which reflect on the clash of archetypes that define the state of his home country.
Until June 12. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Iranian artist Dr Mohsen Keiany and Pakistani artist Mashkoor Raza feature together in an exhibition that portrays their shared sense of energy and dynamism in their paintings.
Until May 15. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street opposite Al Shirawi Equipment, Unit 2, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 1663).
Reconnect: Hendrik Stroebel
The South African artist presents eight-pointed ceramic stars, embroidered artworks and earthenware. His work explores the architecture and ancient history of the Arab and Islamic world.
Until May 18. Showcase Gallery, Unit 32, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0940).
Conversations at Alserkal Avenue
A silent auction and exhibition aiming to raise awareness for children with special needs. Young artists from the Manzil School are displaying their works.
Until May 23. FN Designers, Alserkal Avenue, www.alserkalavenue.ae.
My Father Was Many and I Am Happy As A Sailor
Austrian artist Philip Mueller presents a series of graffiti-like works, in which he travels through space and time to pay homage to the meaning of heritage and the influences shaping his artworks. These range from Grace Jones and Emperor Franz Josef to romanticism and deconstructivism.
Until June 8. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue Warehouse 37, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).
Pierre qui Roule
Photographers including Algerian Fayçal Baghriche, French-Algerian Katia Kameli and Moroccan Yman Fakhir display their images for the first time in the UAE.
Until May 30. Etemad Gallery, Unit 12, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Exit 43, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
Bozart Private View
An exhibition that unveils the works of Dubai’s talented emerging artists.
Until June 1. Bo House Café, The Walk at JBR (04 429 8655).
In this exhibition the Iranian artist displays collage-like compositions, made up of cut photocopied pieces of her previous colour pencil paintings, which have been glued on the surface of canvases. She brings to life inanimate objects and combines them with ancient Iranian myths, fables and literature.
Until June 13. Jamm Art Gallery, Street 8, Warehouse 11, Al Quoz 1 (04 328 5169).
This week’s theatre
The Royal Moscow Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, telling the fateful love story of Prince Siegfried’s search for a beautiful wife and an evil sorcerer who turns two girls into a swan.
Dhs250, Dhs300 and Dhs350, Platinum and Royals sold out. May 9-13. 6pm (Sat); 9pm (Thu; Sun; Mon) 10pm (Fri; Sat). Dubai World Trade Centre, dubai.platinumlist.net.
12 Angry Jurors
Local theatre group Backstage presents this play about 12 people from different backgrounds who must attend the trial of a 16-year-old boy.
May 9-11. 7.30pm and 2.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com