This week’s top art exhibitions

The best new and ongoing art shows and events in Dubai

Our picks of the week

1 See a Lebanese artist at Grey Noise
See Wed 28.

2 View two solo exhibitions in one gallery at The Mine
See Thu 29.

3 Check out Bilqis at Meem Gallery
See Sat 31.

4 View a group show at Gallery IVDE
See Tue June 3.

5 See the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial at Sharjah
See Fri 30.

Wednesday 28

The Rose and the Nightingale: A Persian Iconography
Group exhibition curated by Maneli Keykavoussi exploring Iranian art.
Until May 29. JAMM Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 328 5169).

Charbel-joseph H Boutros: I Guess That Dreams are Always There
This Lebanese artist's latest works in this exhibition focus on the idea that something is here, yet inaccessible and missing.
Until June 30. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (054 379 0764).

Thursday 29

Arash Nazeri and Majid Fatizadeh
Two solo exhibitions by Iranian artists are currently on display at this gallery. They include Iranian artist Arash Nazeri's 'Registered Trademark, Vol. 2', featuring sculptures, acrylic on canvas and prints on stainless steel. The works portray classical Iranian figures with a playful twist, incorporating modern symbols of decadent living. Majid Fatizadeh's 'Ritual: Unknown' consists of large-scale paintings and smaller drawings on paper and touch on the ritual of humans everywhere.
Until May 31. The Mine. Al Quoz 1 (04 379 1704).

Selections: group show
A sequel to ‘Selections from the Contemporary Egyptian Art Scene’ this exhibition commemorates the gallery's first anniversary and features a survey of selected works by eight artists from Egypt. Ahmed Kassim, Armen Agop, Atef Ahmed, Ayman El Semary, Essam Darwish, Essam Marouf, Mohamed Ardash, and Nagla Samir all feature.
Until August 28. Gallery Ward, Al Quoz (04 388 3204).

Mon Amour: Hesham Malik
Influential Bahrain-born artist's exhibition is an exploration of different cultures around the world.
Until June 5. Alliance Francaise, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).

The Lost Empire: Fouad Elkoury
See the results of Fouad Elkoury’s long-running photography project, which uses abandoned Soviet military sites as the inspiration.
Until May 29. The Third Line, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

Friday 30

Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial
Outside Dubai's city walls but well worth a trip to see some of the most striking images and penmanship, this calligraphy exhibition is a celebration of Arabic lettering and the beauty of Islamic script. Includes masterpieces from Europe, USA and China.
Until June 2. Calligraphy Square, Heritage Area, Sharjah (06 512 3355).

Saturday 31

Amir Hossein Zanjani
In his latest solo exhibition, the Iranian artist reveals works that revolve around the philosophical and social idea of the submission to power. His canvasses feature military themes, including soldiers and masses of individuals mobilised by the military.
Until August 17. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).

NEW Bilqis: Kamal Boullata
Transparency and spacial ambiguity are the subjects of a series of large paintings. Their titles are based on the use of water in palatial buildings in the Islamic world.
Until July 31. Meem Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

Sunday June 1

Art celebrating the coming together of talents and the generosity of human kind. All the paintings were started by prominent local artists and then completed by artists from the Mawaheb studio for adults with special needs. The exhibition promises to be thought-provoking and moving.
Until June 7. Art Couture Gallery, Festival City (04 601 0101).

Monday 2

Thank You For Your Cooperation: mentalKLINIK
This exhibition tackles the phenomenon of the individual's preoccupation with creating their self-image in a series of hyper-realistic textual portraits. The works feature colourful reflective surfaces, billboard type signs and rhetorical operations to explore new languages and alternative textures.
Until July 28. Gallery IVDE, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).

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