This week's best art and culture

Top art exhibitions and one-off cultural happenings

Wednesday 29

For the Love of Art
Four spectacular brand new shows are opening in Al Quoz at the same time under the umbrella name of ‘For the Love of Art’. The galleries participating are Etemad Gallery, Gallery Ward, Khak Gallery and Total Arts. Etemad Gallery (04 347 0909), Gallery Ward (04 388 3204), Khak Gallery (056 975 0544) and Total Arts (04 228 2888). 7pm. The Courtyard Area, Street 4b, Al Quoz.

This solo exhibition is by Lebanese artist Ahmad El Hajj, whose colourful paintings are inspired the concept of the show’s name – a spiritual state where the soul is at peace and you’ve reached a state of absolute contentment.
Until January 31. Mosha Art Gallery, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 385 4676).

Thursday 30

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).

K Files
Tarek Al Ghoussein’s work, which was initially shown at the 55th Venice Biennale last year, is a collection objects, artefacts and clippings that consider the story of his family life.
Until March 7. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, located between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys Warehouse, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

Friday 31

Objects of Conflict
Iranian artist Sasan Nasernia’s show, which features paintings, mixed media and collage works, is inspired by the history of conflict and communication in the region, using a combination of traditional aspects such as calligraphy and more modern pop art and graphics.
Until February 15. J+A Gallery, Street 4A, Al Quoz (055 395 0495).

Dominic Benhura
Zimbabwean artist Dominic Benhura’s Shona stone sculptures were featured in UNICEF’s 2014 calendar, where he was recognised as the charity organisation’s artist of the year.
Until March 15. Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).

Saturday February 1

A Swedish photo-journalist based in the Middle East, Katarina Premfors’ emotionally charged pictures are highly personal and moving.
Until February 22. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

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

Sunday 2

Black Rainbow
Portuguese sculptor Rui Chafes’ nebulous and anthropomorphic matt black sculptures are exhibited alongside meticulous drawings by German Ralf Ziervogel.
Until March 10. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

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

Monday 3

Almost a Dream
Today is the first opportunity to view the monochromatic, minimalist paintings by Syrian artist Safwan Dahoul, whose works deal with the conflict in his home country.
Until March 13. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2393).

Art With No Boundaries
This is the first day of a group exhibition featuring paintings from Brazilian artist Antonio Veronese, Frenchman Lionel Guibout and Serbian artist Nikola Zigon. The works are united by the idea that art can transcend boundaries.
Until March 2. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).

Tuesday 4

Meaning ‘dusty wind,’ Garbaad is a collection of watercolours by Pakistani painter Ali Abbas, which focus on the people of rural Sindh in his home country.
Until February 26. Mussawir Gallery, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 1663).

Roland and Sabrina – A love without Frontiers
This exhibition, which opens today, is a collection of photos from the travels of French photographer (Roland) and his Moroccan partner (Sabrina) who met in the late 1950s and travelled the world in a Citroen. Until February 4. The Empty Quarter Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 323 1210).

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