This week’s top art exhibitions

The best new and ongoing art shows and events in Dubai

Our picks of the week

1 Art with a hint of sci-fi at Lawrie Shabibi
See Thu 26.

2 Intricate paper art at XVA Gallery
See Wed 25.

3 Best art of the season at Carbon 12
See Wed 25.

4 Beauty after dark at Gulf Photo Plus
See Tue 1.

5 Military themes at Mall of the Emirates
See Mon 30.

Wednesday 25

Close Encounters – Summer Accrochage
This 'best of' exhibition will feature artworks previously seen at this Al Quoz gallery at individual shows earlier in the season. The format is likely to attract a varied crowd and is an excellent opportunity to cram in several months of culture into a single evening. Many of the artworks had a limited run the first time round so this is a rare opportunity to glimpse lesser-seen art.
Until August 8. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue (04 340 6016).

Butterflies in my Stomach: group show
Three female artists demonstrate their skill and celebrate the surreal at this summer-long show. All works use paper as the medium. Debjani Bhardwaj creates paper cut outs referencing Hindu mythology, Saba Masoumian's delicate works are created on dyed paper and Barbara Wildenboer's constructions use maps and photography to explore the impact of the natural world.
Until September 1. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).

Nature's Duet: Jorge Mayet and Daisuke Ohba
Two artists, one a Cuban refugee and the other a Japanese painter, showcase their perception of nature.
Dhs80. Daily 7.30pm, Friday 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Until June 30. The Farjam Foundation, DIFC (04 323 0303).

Thursday 26

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 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).

So Long and Thanks for All The Fish
Inspired by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy this absurd and surreal show has preoccupations with sci-fi, fantasy and transformations. Artists Adam Dix, Tala Madani and Basim Magdy all contribute to the show.
Until July 17. Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Friday 27

Amir Hossein Zanjani
In his latest exhibition, the Iranian artist reveals works that revolve around the philosophical and social idea of the submission to power. His canvasses feature various hard-hitting 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).

Saturday 28

Syria's Apex Generation
Despite the disintegration of the Damascus art scene, a new school of painting is emerging. This collection of artists, all of whom began careers in the 2000s shows a myriad of approaches.
Until August 2. Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

Sunday 29

Bilqis: Kamal Boullata
Allow your perception of spatial ambiguity and transparency to be challenged by this collection of 15 large artworks. Inspired by Quranic stories about the Queen of Sheba, the paintings are free-flowing geometric constructions.
Until July 31. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

Monday 30

Eric Peyret: Solo Exhibition
Not a formal gallery as such, but the lobby of the Kempinski Hotel in Mall of the Emirates will display works by noted French artist Eric Peyret through July. Famed for creating art for hotel groups around the world, Peyret has a particular interest in urban structures and human interaction.
Until July 31. Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (055 136 9454).

Thank You For Your Cooperation: mentalKLINIK
This exhibition tackles the phenomenon of the individual's preoccupation with creating a 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).

Tuesday 1

Day & Night: Community Exhibition
The photographic community hub is presenting an exhibition of members' works, which shows that when the sun sets inspiration does not disappear.
Until July 26. Gulf Photo Plus, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

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