19 arty events in Dubai

Brit theatre, Bollywood posters, Persian jewels and more cultural fun

Wednesday 29

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).

Breathing Walls | EGYPT
NYC-based Lebanese artist Rhea Karam explores transient testimonies of life through a photographic documentation of walls in Egypt, and other countries in the region currently experiencing unrest. It exposes the more poignant, often overlooked details.
Until August 31. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 447 7025).

Tariq Dajani’s Saqr collection
Local art space Gallery One presents photographic works from it’s exclusive collections. Today, renowned Jordanian photographer Tariq Dajani is debuting over 20 large-scale images which honour the Middle Eastern traditions of falconry.
Until June 1. The Lounge, JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 9290).

Thursday 30

All Good Things Come In Threes: Design3
Cool retro furniture and design haunt J+A Gallery has joined forces with Art Factum Gallery (Beirut) and La Galerie Nationale (Paris/Dubai) to display a unique collection of contemporary furniture and high-design items from designers including Marc Dibeh and Louis Durot.
Until June 3. J+A Gallery, Street 4a, Al Quoz 1 (055 395 0495).

CMYK Community Exhibition
A showcase of the works of photographers based in the Middle East and abroad featuring 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).

Friday 31

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).

Saturday June 1

Acid Fields
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).

Hung From the Moon
Emirati artist Farah Al-Qasimi’s photo exhibition explores the accidental and the mundane and is a documentation of autobiographies that form as we inhabit a space and turn it into a home. Her series is intimate and reveals a cast of characters in the various places she calls home.
Until August 31. The Pavilion, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Spring Blooms
This solo exhibition features the still life floral works of Uzbekistani artist Rimma Gagloeva and aims to bring awareness to artists from Central Asia.
Until June 15. Alif Art Gallery, Damac Towers, DIFC (050 702 1064).

Sunday 2

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 with the natural forces that surround.
Until June 6. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

The Art of Bollywood
To mark Bollywood’s 100th year in cinema, Gallery One is displaying a collection of vibrant, vintage Bollywood film posters from the ’60s and early ’80s.
Until June 30. Gallery One, The Dubai Mall (04 434 1252).

Youssef Nabil
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).

Monday 3

Medieval Persia
Aliel Jewellers in DIFC’s Gate Village is sponsoring this exclusive selection of paintings and silk scarves by local British artist Kate Toledo. It features mixed media art pieces and screen prints inspired by 12th century museum pieces from Persia.
Until June 30. Aliel, Level Podium, Gate Village 1, DIFC (04 323 1113).

Parvaneh E’Temadi
In this exhibition the Iranian artist displays collage-like compositions, made up of cut photocopied pieces of her previous colour pencil drawings, 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).

Tuesday 4

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.
Until June 8. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue Warehouse 37, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).

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).

Temporary Permanence
A showcase of six contemporary Sri Lankan artists, including Jagath Ravindra, Anup Vega, Prageeth Manohansa, Mika Tenekoon, Sujeewa Kumari and Kinsgley Gunatillake. Mediums include paper, mixed media, oil on canvas and sculpture, as well as recycled materials such as scrap metal and cardboard.
Until June 26. XVA Gallery, Gat Village 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).

A group show featuring ten contemporary artists including Carolin Kropff, Corrina Mehiel, Cristiana de Marchi, Lavanya Mani, Layla Juma, Mithu Sen, Parul Thacker, Prajakta Palav Aher, Shivani Agarwal and Simrin Mehra Agarwal.
Until June 14. Empty10, Street 8, Warehouse 10, Al Quoz (04 432 4362).

This week’s theatre

George’s Marvellous Medicine
See Roald Dahl’s classic come to life on stage over two nights. A hit with all ages, the novel-turned-stage show tells the story of a young boy who makes a new potion to cure his grandmother of her nasty temper.
From Dhs120. May 30 (4pm); June 1 (2pm and 5pm). Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com

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