11 art events in Dubai this week

Painting, photography and more in Dubai this week

Wednesday 27

Brazilian Art Exhibition
This exhibition features the works of some of Brazil’s best painters and sculptors.
Until May 30. Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, off Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 4398).

Thursday 28

La Liste De Mes Envies
This French play follows the story of a lady who wins the lottery. Jocelyne is a simple housewife working in France and her destiny will be changed forever with her newfound wealth. The play is based on a famous novel and stars stage actor Mikael Chirinian.
Dhs275. 8.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

Return to Abstraction
The solo show of Asaad Arabi, a contemporary Arab painter and acclaimed art theorist, focuses on lyrical abstraction. Subtle tones emerge out of his urbanist landscapes, translating into an almost audible musicality.
Until June 18. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).

Friday 29

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap
A curious mixture of ’50s drawing room comedy and murder mystery, the play is set in the claustrophobic world of Monkswell Manor. It soon emerges that there is a murderer among its motley crew of guests and accusations. This life-sized Cluedo will keep audiences guessing.
Dhs100. 7.30pm. Until May 30. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

Love Will Tear Us Apart
Scottish artist Charlie Anderson is known for his epic-scale paintings composed of layered fragments from advertisements, postcards, posters, newspapers, flyers and magazines. A post-punk effect is achieved through his intensive process of layering stencils and paint. The result is a vibrantly textured and visually stimulating portrait of contemporary culture. Inspired by cityscapes, music and kitsch pop culture, Anderson’s works recontextualise familiar, often discarded images to glorify the transient aspects of our lives.
Until June 15. Street Art Gallery, Villa 23, 10B Street, Jumeirah 1 (055 888 8247).

Saturday 30

Boeing Boeing
The play follows the Parisian Bernard as he juggles the affections of his three adoring air hostess fiancées.
Dhs100. 3.30pm. The Courtyard Playhouse, Courtyard Building, Al Quoz (050 9861 761).

Transcendental Strokes
Iranian calligraphy artist Mohammad Bozorgi is recognised for his innovation of traditional forms. He will debut recent works that reflect new experiments in merging the text-based abstraction of Islamic art with the aesthetic concerns of contemporary painting. In his latest works, Bozorgi uses technically complex repetition and symmetry to create vast and densely filled compositions. Often ‘mirroring’ one side of the canvas with the other, individual letters and characters are intertwined, pulled and stretched, resulting in dramatic kaleidoscopic paintings.
Until July 30. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

Sunday 31

RBG Community Exhibition This Gulf Photo Plus community exhibition celebrates colour photography. Expect to see abstract photography, landscapes, portraits, still life and street photography.
Until July 25. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Monday June 1

Mzungu, The Aimless Wanderer
The second UAE solo exhibition of Beirut-born photographer Christian Ghammachi features 25 new pieces, the majority of which have not been shown before. These were captured during the artist’s solo motorbike journey across Africa last year from Cape Town to Djibouti. The quest lasted six months and the images depict the people, places and objects the artist encountered along the way. With this series of images, he sets out to demonstrate that beauty and powerful emotions can be found in the most unassuming places.
Until July 29. La Galerie Nationale, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 4652).

Tuesday 2

Damascenes
The solo show by Syrian artist Khaldoun Chichakli is set amid the destruction wrought by the current political situation in Syria. The artist’s drawings and woodcuts offer a poignant look into the Damascus of years gone by. In several drawings we see the ghost of the Victoria Hotel, which was built in downtown Damascus in the late 19th century.
Until June 27. Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).

Infinite Plane Irish artist
Damien Flood’s first show at Grey Noise focuses on a research trip the artist took to Dubai, Sharjah and Oman’s coast. The paintings tow
a line between abstract and figurative.
Until July 31. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0764).

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