Best art exhibitions in Dubai

Our art ed's pick of the best collections now showing

Wednesday 4

A Season of Self Portraits at Sovereign Gallery
To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Indian artist MF Husain, 25 of his modernist self-portraits will be exhibited at this new art gallery in Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
Until December 12. 403 The Palladium, Cluster C, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 432 2846).

Journey to Yemen at Total Arts at the Courtyard
This group exhibition of photographs features the work of 13 artists, which focuses on images captured in the African state in March and May 2009.
Until December 21. Total Arts at the Courtyard , near Spinneys warehouse, Al Quoz, (04 347 5050).

Thursday 5

Bronze and Black Cloth
A joint exhibition, Dutch artist Karel Zijlstra’s hot cast bronze sculptures explores the idea of a world which was dictated by spirituality and nature, before the discovery of science. Paul Wadsworth’s ‘Black Cloth Project’ is a concept where participants are encouraged to pose with a black cloth before handing the fabric to the next person. Each pose is then sketched by the UK artist.
Until January 2. The Majilis Gallery, Bastikiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

Frida Kahlo by Mawaheb and Reemami
This show features portraits and ceramic works created by members of Mawaheb, which is an art studio for talented people with special needs.
Until January 15, Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 3313).

Friday 6

Charlie Calder-Potts
Furniture store Ikonhouse is exhibiting Charlie Calder-Potts’ mixed media artworks on aluminium, inspired by the British artist's travels to Georgia, Armenia and Eastern Turkey.
Until January 5. Ikonhouse, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 1848).

Ruben Sanchez: The B Side
Following his residency with Tashkeel, the Barcelona-based urban artist Ruben Sanchez is exhibiting his creations. Evolutions of the invented cartoon worlds from his childhood, his teenage involvement in the graffiti and skateboard scene and the potential for this type of art to embellish Dubai are the foundations of his vibrant artworks.
Until December 31. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).

Saturday 7

El Moulid
This mixed-media group exhibition is based on the Egyptian celebrations which take place after the birth of a Sufi saint.
Until January 8. Gallery Ward, Off Sheikh Zayed Road, interchange 3, Al Quoz (04 388 3204). www.alserkalavenue.ae.

Try to reach the goal without touching the walls
Michael Sailstorfer’s playful mixed-media exhibition includes paintings, sculpture and video. By adding a sense of decay and imperfection, the German decontextualises everyday objects in order to attempt to address exactly how we function.
Until January 7. Carbon 12. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

Sunday 8

Nabil Nahas
The Lebanese artist's second solo exhibition focuses on three dimensional paintings which are both visual and tactile. They centre on the themes of starfish and landscapes with psychedelic tones.
Until January 9. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue (04 346 9906).

Monday 9

Eyes Wide Open – An Afghan Journey
This show features a selection of work from Dubai-based photographer Pia Torelli's visit to Afghanistan in 2002, presented next to images she captured in 2013, providing a commentary on the evolution and journey of the nation and its people.
Until December 31. 8pm. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).

Statue of Limitation
Named after a legal term for the amount of time before someone is no longer able to be prosecuted for a crime, this mixed-media exhibition focuses on the Cold War period of history and draws parallels with fear and propaganda. Until January 4, Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 8545).

Tuesday 10

Cabinet of Curiosities
Jaime Puebla’s images showcase the Chilean photographer’s eye for colour and focus on objects and scenes from the banal to the extraordinary.
Until December 19. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Gentle at XVA Gallery
Artist Jonathan Gent’s solo exhibition features new works of paintings on wooden boards. The artworks focus on the artist's impressions of the Mediterranean and his memories of Dubai from 2008. Until January 31. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).

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