This week’s top art exhibitions

The best new and ongoing art shows and events in Dubai

Our picks of the week

1 Jour de Silence at The Mine
See Sun 2.

2 Artfair Dubai 2014 at The Address Dubai Mall
See Sat 1.

3 Symbols of Life at Mussawir Art Gallery
See Wed 29.

4 Russian Ballet Stars at Madinat Theatre
See Thu 30.

5 The Slow Portrait at Gulf Photo Plus
See Tue 4.

Wednesday 29

Symbols of Life
This group show will feature the artworks of four celebrated contemporary artists from Pakistan. Ali Azmat, Farrukh Shahab, Masud A. Khan and Mughees Riaz will showcase their latest offerings, each one representing a unique and distinct genre of art.
Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street, opposite Al Shirawi Equipment, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 8545).

Thursday 30

Russian Ballet Stars
Russian Ballet dancers from the acclaimed Mariinsky Ballet and the Mikhailovsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia, are coming to Dubai for a night of musical beauty and graceful dancing. They will cover a number of pieces from world-famous shows such as ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘La Bayadere’.
From Dhs325-Dhs500. 8pm. Until November 1. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (055 101 7525).

Friday 31

Egyptian Beliefs
This exhibition highlights the iconic concepts, style and imagery of Adel Tharwat’s representations of Egyptian culture. The artist’s bold, vibrant figures and sceneries are charged with a noble understanding of a rich heritage and deep awe of the forefathers of civilizations that shaped modern Egyptian life. The paintings tell combinations of stories through obvious and subtle visual associations of elements from old tales, popular myths and melodious hymns that have survived and become uniquely encrypted in the country’s memories.
Until November 26. Gallery Ward, Street 6, Al Quoz, (043 883 204).

Saturday 1

Artfair Dubai 2014
The fair will act as a bridge between artists, art galleries and the local art-buying community in Dubai, and will be run under the slogan, ‘Aspire Art, Access Art, Acquire Art’. Visitors will get the opportunity to interact with the artists themselves and acquire knowledge about them and their works. The diverse cultural scene in Dubai will make this fair all the more interesting for any art-lover or first-time buyer to experience, since they will get the chance to buy original works from each of the local and international artists directly.
10am-6pm. Diamond Ballroom, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 331 4858).

Sunday 2

Jour de Silence
This is Nazanin Pouyandeh’s first solo exhibition in Dubai. When faced with the narrative and richly coloured paintings, the viewer, whether or not already familiar with her work – is irresistibly led to question the very nature of her intended approach. If it is less than certain that the viewer is able to identify the subject matter, it is specifically because the painting is first and foremost an illusion that uses metaphors, narratives and a confused tangle of reality and fiction.
Until November 27. The Mine, Street 8, Al Quoz, Warehouse 38, Opposite Alserkal avenue. (04 379 1704).

Monday 3

Diaspora
Sara Shamma was born in Damascus, Syria in 1975. Her latest work, ‘Diaspora’, is about her feelings and mixed thoughts on the critical situation in her homeland. The 12 paintings are about the diaspora of people, not just Syrians. They are about any men, women and children who have been obliged to leave their homeland and tried to establish a life elsewhere.
Until November 30. Art Sawa, Gate Village, Building 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).

Tuesday 4

The Slow Portrait
Gulf Photo Plus presents a unique series of tintype portraits created by locally based photographer Antonie Robertson. The tintype process is the photographic creation of a positive image on a metal plate. Each photograph in Robertson’s collection is a portrait of someone who is, or was at one time, in the UAE.
Until November 19. Gulf Photo Plus, Warehouse D36, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

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