This week's must-see art exhibitions

Our critics' pick of the top 14 art shows in town

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Wednesday 5

Curiouser & Curiouser
This playful group show comprises miniature art pieces, including pictures and sculptures, which are based on the idea of wandering through a neighbourhood curiosity shop.
Until March 13. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).

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).

Thursday 6

FAKiE 3
A number of artists, including Her Highness Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, are using broken skateboard decks as canvases for this special exhibition.
Until February 28. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0490).

Primodial
This solo sculpture exhibition from Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim focuses on primitive forms using material gathered from his native Khorfakkan.
Until March 6. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Gate Village 10, DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 425 0400).

Friday 7

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 8

Disappearance... continued
Egyptian artist Wael Darwesh’s mixed-media exhibition involves large flat fields of colour layered with designs that are inspired by fleeting moments and the affect that these tiny events have on the psyche and the soul.
Until February 13. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 386 2366).

Japanese Culture Day
This celebration of Japanese arts and culture covers everything from tea-making, origami and cuisine to Japanese fine art and even the craft of Ikebana (flower arranging).
The Archive, Safa Park (04 349 4033).

Sunday 9

Almost a Dream
An opportunity to view the 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).

Pappa
A Swedish photo-journalist based in the Middle East, Katarina Premfors’ emotionally charged pictures are highly personal and moving. They document her father's illness and eventual death after a stroke.
Until February 22. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Monday 10

Diversity
Egyptian artist Samar Kamel has her first solo show of paintings, which are inspired by personal relationships, emotions and imagery she sees when she’s flicking through magazines. She also uses her own daughters as a muse.
Until February 24. The Courtyard, Al Quoz (055 406 6704).

Chelsea College of Arts open evening
This event offers the opportunity to explore the range of short courses that the prestigious school is offering in the city. You will get to have a taster of the classes in order to find out which one you’re best suited to. The courses range from drawing skills to graphic design and the open evening is free of charge.
Free. 7pm-8.30pm. Vida Hotel, Downtown Dubai (055 115 6674).

Tuesday 11

Testament
UK painter Ross Chisholm’s slew of highly abstract works are inspired by 18th century society portraits by the likes of Thomas Gainsburg.
Until March 10. Green Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 379 8545).

Art With No Boundaries
This is the first day of a group exhibition featuring 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).

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