Top 13 art exhibitions in Dubai this week

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Wednesday 15

Alfred Basbous Bronze Collection
About 40 sculptures in bronze and metal by the celebrated Lebanese artist Alfred Basbous are on display for this special exhibition.
Until January 18. Opera Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).

Botanical Watercolour
Workshop Having exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art’s Summer Exhibition in the UK and studied botanical drawing and watercolour at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Susan Thomson is sharing her skills with workshops, which take place today and January 18, 19, 21 and 22.
Dhs350 per day. 9am-1pm. The Majilis Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

Thursday 16

Dancing in the Wind and Playing with Fire
This mixed-media exhibition includes photography from Diane Aftimos and ceramics by Celia Potoudis Macpherson.
Until February 11. The Majilis Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

Our Abstract World
The Media One Hotel’s latest lobby exhibition features the abstract paintings from French/Madagascan Nirina Ralanto.
Until February 8. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Friday 17

Custodian of Vacancy: The Iranian Embassy in the USA
The photographs in this show are a result of American Iranian contemporary artist Eric Parnes’ rare access to the Embassy of Iran in Washington DC, which has been closed since the fall of the Iranian Shah and the US Embassy hostage crisis in 1979.
Until January 30. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2395).

Ireland’s Hidden Gems
This exhibition of the work of Daragh Muldowney involves fine art photographs of rock pools from every coastal county in Ireland.
Until January 31. Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0333).

Saturday 18

Africa from Mother to Motherboard
Exhibition highlighting the effects of colonisation through the works of two photographers. German-based Austrian Mario Marino’s portraits of the tribes of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia are contrasted against the photo journalism of Kai Löffelbein taken in Ghana, whose images of the pollution and degradation caused by Westernisation creates a dialogue about preserving culture.
Until January 23. The Empty Quarter, Gate Village, DIFC (04 323 1210).


English artist Ross Chisholm’s paintings are a modern, abstract twist on 18th century British society portraits.
Free. Until March 10. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).

Sunday 19

From Ferrara in Italy, Daniela Carletti’s mixed-media artworks have been compared with the introverted, slow and magical, yet at times disturbing, nature of her home town.
Until February 8. Artissima Art Gallery, 8th Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 6479).

Black Rainbow Rui
Chafes’ nebulous and anthropomorphic matt black sculptures are exhibited alongside meticulous drawings by Raif Ziervogel. The artworks explore human origins and are based on the themes of beauty, the menacing and dreams.
Until March 10. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

Monday 20

Crossings – An African and Arabian Dialogue
Featuring the work of Cameroon artist Joël Mpah Dooh and Lebanese painter Raouf Rafai, the imagery in this exhibition merges various inspirational elements to produce contemporary artworks that are sophisticated and primitive.
Until February 13. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).


A photojournalist based in the Middle East, Katarina Premfors’ emotionally charged pictures are inspired by a desire to create a catalyst for social change and cover topics ranging from HIV and cancer to disability.
Until February 22. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Tuesday 21

The Young Collectors Auction
This mixed-media auction allows buyers to bid for contemporary artworks.
Priced between Dhs7,346 and Dhs91,325. The works are by artists working in and around the Middle East and can be viewed each day prior to the auction event until January 20 between 10am and 6pm. 7pm. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

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