24 February 2024

Lala Rukh: In the Round

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The first major survey of the late artist, feminist organiser and pedagogue Lala Rukh brings together more than 50 drawings, prints, photographs, videos and animation works from across her three-decade practice. The artist captured the diverse rhythms of lunar movements, [ ... ]

Free

Henok Melkamzer: Telsem Symbols and Imagery

Sharjah Art Museum Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

With more than 100 works, many on view for the first time, this exhibition is the largest solo presentation by telsem artist Henok Melkamzer. Traditionally termed a healing or talisman art, telsem is a distinctive Ethiopian art form that incorporates [ ... ]

Free

Olivier Souffrant: In Plain Sight

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery 796 Jumeirah Street, Dubai

In his work, the NY-based Haitian artist references both African American masters such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Jean-Michel Basquiat and European painters like Botticelli, Van Gogh, and Picasso. Souffrant uses everyday materials such as magazines, online publications, computers, [ ... ]

Free

Ahmad Moualla: Combustions

Fann à Porter The Workshop, Villa 45, St. 23b, off Al Wasl Road (opposite Box Park), Jumeirah 2, Dubai

The Syrian artist's first solo exhibition with this gallery (and his first show in eight years) is a series of new works on paper created in 2023. Considered one of the pioneers of modernism and expressionism in Syria, Moualla was [ ... ]

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Echoes of Infinite: Poetry’s Visual Symphony

Farjam Foundation Unit GF-97 Gate Avenue, DIFC, Dubai

The Farjam Foundation isn’t a particularly activity gallery, but it does have access to an excellent private collection that spans early Islam to present-day artistic practice across regional geographies and beyond. So when it puts on a show of selected [ ... ]

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Zhivago Duncan: The Rare But Known Phenomenon

Meem Gallery Umm Suqeim Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

It's a pleasure to find an artist who is prepared to expand on their principles, and to do with Zhivago Duncan's level of articulation. "Within this new collection," writes Duncan, "I have endeavoured to distill the complexity of ideas and [ ... ]

Nalini Malani: Can You Hear Me?

This show looks like something of a coup for Alerkal Avenue. Widely considered the pioneer of video art in India, and embodying the role of the artist as social activist, Malani has a 50-year multimedia practice that includes photography, painting, [ ... ]

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Alserkal Art Week

Alserkal Avenue Al Quoz 1, Dubai

The always enjoyable Alserkal Art Week, a taster for Art Dubai that has become established in the own right, runs this time from 25 February to 3 March. All the Alserkal Avenue galleries seem to be committed, along with guest [ ... ]

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Laura Lappi: Metamorphosis

Firetti Contemporary Unit 29, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The first solo exhibition in the MENA region for the Finnish artist. Her work draws inspiration from ancient basilicas, cathedrals, and other Scandinavian wooden structures. Using wood as her primary medium, Lappi establishes a direct connection to her homeland and [ ... ]

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A Love Letter to Beirut

Sotheby’s Dubai DIFC Gate Village Building No3, Unit 01, Level B2, Dubai

Sotheby's has an upcoming London auction devoted to artists from or inspired by Lebanon's capital, and Dubai is getting a preview in the form of a selection of the works that will be in the sale. The full complement includes [ ... ]

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Rachid Koraïchi: An Ode to Intertwined Histories

Elmarsa Gallery 23 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A solo exhibition with examples of many of the disciplines and media that made up Koraïchi's practice, all "showcasing his abiding fascination with the creation of deeply layered seams within the spiritual, political and intellectual". Koraïchi often speaks of belonging [ ... ]

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Ana Mazzei: How to disappear

Green Art Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Brazilian artist has been given regular solo shows at Green Art Gallery every couple of years, and they're always interesting. Her widely (and sometimes wildly) experimental practice appropriates different materials, connecting to the environments in which she works; art, [ ... ]

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Manjit Bawa: I Was Born a Poet …

Volte Art Projects Warehouse 13, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Paintings and drawings by Manjit Bawa (1941-2008), a modernist master of 20th-century Indian figuration whose work is distinguished by expressive line and colour. To 30 April. The exhibition marks the inauguration of Volte Art Projects’ new Alserkal Avenue space under [ ... ]

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Chiaroscuro

ICD Brookfield Place Al Mustaqbal Street, DIFC, Dubai

A group exhibition of 20 artists and designers in the central atrium of ICD Brookfield Place, curated by Michèle Lamy and presented in collaboration with Carpenters Workshop Gallery. The exhibition “finds inspiration in the city’s starkly contrasting landscape as it [ ... ]

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Elastic Visions

Efiɛ Gallery 2 Al Khayat Art Avenue, First Al Khail Street, Dubai

A group exhibition curated by Faridah Folawiyo, showcasing artists of African origin across the world and examining how artists from Africa and the diaspora see the restrictive concepts of Eurocentric cultural superiority. The show aims to stretch audiences’ limits and [ ... ]

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Charmaine Chanakira: Taking L’s

Mestaria Gallery Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The latest work from the Zimbabwean artist is described by the gallery as "a vibrant celebration of life's unexpected lessons, captured through a fusion of neo-expressionism, Japanese Manga, Pop Art, and African art influences ... Her art – alive with [ ... ]

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Farah Al Qasimi: Toy World

The Third Line Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Third Line's fourth solo exhibition with Farah Al Qasimi, Brooklyn based but Abu Dhabi born, is a collection of still and moving images in colour and – for the first time – black and white too. “Black and white [ ... ]

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Elham Shafaei & Sara Al Haddad: Threads of Existence

Aisha Alabbar Gallery Warehouse 101, Al Quoz 2, Dubai

Two UAE-based artists reflect on "identity and the eternal quest for belonging within the ebb and flow of time ... the longing for connection amid the bittersweet journey of loss. Sara Al Haddad creates delicate yarn and fibre works that [ ... ]

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Kenia Almaraz Murillo: Invitation to a Mystical Dreamland

Custot Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The first solo exhibition in the region for the Bolivian artist is a group of six new and five existing works that represent "a journey into a dreamlike universe where her dreams blend vivid memories with powerful symbolic language". The [ ... ]

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Mohammed Kazem and Vikram Divecha: Rest

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Two of the most distinctive Dubai-based artists with works that explore the intricate relationship between labour, rest, and the ever-evolving urban landscape of the UAE. "Considering the dynamics of human existence, alternating between cycles of depletion and restoration, the exhibition [ ... ]

Faisal Samra: Immortal Moment II – Coping with the Shock

Ayyam Gallery B11, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A solo exhibition with the second body of work from Faisal Samra’s Immortal Moment project, artworks created through the accumulation of instances that push the viewer to question the opportunities of a single moment. In the first chapter of this [ ... ]

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Alserkal Lates

Alserkal Avenue Al Quoz 1, Dubai

Alserkal Lates takes place in the middle of Alserkal Art Week, so there should be more than two dozen exhibitions in Avenue galleries open till 10pm (half of them taking the opportunity to open on the night) – with the [ ... ]

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Pieter Obels and Hermann Nitsch: Momentous Convergence

Opera Gallery DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

You wouldn't normally put these two artists together; but the gallery describes this show as “a platform that showcases a compelling dialogue between their distinct artistic visions”, one that “celebrates abstract and profound concepts while highlighting the intriguing harmony between [ ... ]

Free

Jamal Bassiouni: The World of Mirrors

Artbooth Centro Capital Center, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi

A solo exhibition for the noted Egyptian artist's vivid and poignant paintings exploring ancient Egyptian beliefs regarding enlightenment and the afterlife. As the artist puts it: “In The world of Mirrors we say what is above is what is below, [ ... ]

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Flavio Lucchini: Hair

Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery R 29 Bluewaters Boulevard, Bluewaters Island, Dubai

An exhibition of 23 works by the Italian art director/publisher of high fashion magazines. They're highly graphic in style, with bold lines and strong colours, and as the title implies they consider women through the hair, the only precise detail [ ... ]

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Moataz Nasr: Bottle Neck

Burj Al Arab Dubai

New and existing 3D work by the Egyptian artist, whose practice aims to explore the intersection of tradition and globalisation and the impact of political and economic development. The title Bottle Neck reflects “the overload of information that creates a [ ... ]

Free, but pre-register

LAST CHANCE Gilbert Halaby: Will you wait for me under that pine tree?

Artbooth Centro Capital Center, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi

A solo show for the Rome-based Lebanese fashion accessories designer who has developed a fertile sideline as an artist with a characteristic style – expressionist and figurative narratives rendered with abstract forms and lines in both bold and muted colours, [ ... ]

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Katya Muromtseva: Over the Slopes of Speech

NIKA Project Space Unit 11 Al Khayat Avenue, 19th Street Road — Al Quoz 1, Dubai

The first UAE exhibition for the NY-based artist, featuring works created in Dubai during her time at the NIKA Project Space Research and Residency programme – a group of monumental watercolour triptychs on the multifaceted narratives and histories of women [ ... ]

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Katya Muromtseva: Over the Slopes of Speech

NIKA Project Space Unit 11 Al Khayat Avenue, 19th Street Road — Al Quoz 1, Dubai

The New-York based artist gets her first show in the UAE, featuring works she created in Dubai during her time at the NIKA Project Space Research and Residency programme – monumental watercolour triptychs that relate to the narratives and histories [ ... ]

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John Harris and Trevor Waugh: Recollections

Majlis Gallery Al Musalla Roundabout, Al Fahidi Neighborhood, Dubai

"A poetic merging of two distinct artistic voices, each echoing the beauty and spirit of the Arabian landscapes ..." Watercolours explorating the natural and cultural landscapes of the UAE and Oman by two painters who have been integral members of [ ... ]

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March Meeting 2024

Sharjah Art Foundation -- Calligraphy Square Sharjah

Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual convening of artists, curators, scholars and arts practitioners from around the world to discuss issues in contemporary art focuses this time on collectives whose practice intertwines artmaking and community building in various forms of collaboration that [ ... ]

Free, but pre-register

LAST CHANCE Jean Boghossian: Flames

Sy Regis Hotel Doha The Pearl Qatar, Doha, Qatar

A solo show for Doha's Anima Gallery in which the Belgian-Lebanese artist explores themes of environmental conservation, the wrath of nature, and the impacts of war in the Middle East via several series of works that illustrate the transformative power [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Nalini Malani: Can You Hear Me?

This show looks like something of a coup for Alerkal Avenue. Widely considered the pioneer of video art in India, and embodying the role of the artist as social activist, Malani has a 50-year multimedia practice that includes photography, painting, [ ... ]

Free

Echoes of the Orient

Bassam Freiha Art Foundation Saadiyat Island, Cultural District, Abu Dhabi

The inaugural exhibition of the brand new Bassam Freiha Art Foundation is curated from the private collection of Bassam Said Freiha to offer a perspective into how the Middle East has been perceived, portrayed and romanticised over time – particularly [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Rashid Rana: It Lies Beyond

Volte Art Projects Warehouse 13, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Rashid Rana characteristically challenges our perceptions of scale through the intermingling of both small and large imagery, exploring and revealing patterns and similarities. In It Lies Beyond, the imposing proportions invite viewers to immerse themselves in the intricate imagery and [ ... ]

LAST CHANCE Chinasa Ezugha: The Narrow Path – Glossolalia in Public

NYUAD Arts Center Project Space NYUAD Campus, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

A performance film, the second in a series of three performance projects by the artist in which the act of glossolalia — speaking in tongues — can be seen as a ceremonial performance. Transcending ordinary verbal communication, it keys in [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Henok Melkamzer

Al Hamriyah Studios Sharjah

Featuring more than 100 works, many on view for the first time, this exhibition is the largest solo presentation of artworks by Ethiopian telsem artist Henok Melkamzer. Traditionally termed as healing or talisman art, telsem is a sophisticated visual art [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Chiaroscuro

ICD Brookfield Place Al Mustaqbal Street, DIFC, Dubai

A group exhibition of 20 artists and designers in the central atrium of ICD Brookfield Place, curated by Michèle Lamy and presented in collaboration with Carpenters Workshop Gallery. The exhibition “finds inspiration in the city’s starkly contrasting landscape as it [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Pieter Obels and Hermann Nitsch: Momentous Convergence

Opera Gallery DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

You wouldn't normally put these two artists together; but the gallery describes this show as “a platform that showcases a compelling dialogue between their distinct artistic visions”, one that “celebrates abstract and profound concepts while highlighting the intriguing harmony between [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Olivier Souffrant: In Plain Sight

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery 796 Jumeirah Street, Dubai

In his work, the Haitian NY-based artist references both African American masters such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Jean-Michel Basquiat and European painters like Botticelli, Van Gogh, and Picasso. Souffrant uses everyday materials such as magazines, online publications, computers, [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Charmaine Chanakira: Taking L’s

Mestaria Gallery Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The latest work from the Zimbabwean artist is described by the gallery as "a vibrant celebration of life's unexpected lessons, captured through a fusion of neo-expressionism, Japanese Manga, Pop Art, and African art influences ... Her art – alive with [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Kristel Bechara: A Symphony of Shadows & Light

kanvas Dubai Unit 1, Al Khayat Art Avenue, 19th Street Al Quoz 1, Dubai

A retrospective for Kristel Bechara’s 15 years in the Emirates, curated by Astrid Lesuisse. kanvas described as "groundbreaking" the way Bechara’s art has been blended with cutting-edge technology – works animated by motion designer Viktor Lukacs are set against a [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Fereydoun Ave and the Laal Collection

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Featuring more than 30 artists from the collection of one of Iran’s most influential and critical artists, this exhibition highlights five decades of modern and contemporary Iranian art, shaped by personal history, friendship, sensibility and circumstance. Featured artists in Galleries [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Fiorenzo Manganielo

Foundry Downtown Boulevard Crescent, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai

Fiorenzo’s artworks aims to encapsulate the essence of the millennial era, capturing the dynamic interplay between technology and human experience. This collection offers "a contemplative exploration" of how virtual reality and artificial intelligence are making a comeback (sic) in our [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE The Circle Was a Point

Foundry Downtown Boulevard Crescent, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai

A group exhibition, presented by Barjeel Art Foundation and curated by Sama Alshaibi and Amir Hazim, described as "a mediation of" the Barjeel's photography collection."In the spirit of photography’s defiance of uniformity, the exhibition articulates Middle Eastern and North African [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Present Illuminations

Foundry Downtown Boulevard Crescent, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai

Works by three prominent Iranian contemporary artists – Farah Ossouli, Elham Pourkhani, Abbas Shahsavar, Khadim Ali – whose practices are profoundly influenced by Persian miniatures. Presented by Bavan Gallery and curated by Takin Aghdashloo.      

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LAST CHANCE AGH1 – Kim Asendorf, Andreas Gysin, Leander Herzog

Foundry Downtown Boulevard Crescent, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai

A collaborative project by Kim Asendorf, Andreas Gysin, and Leander Herzog that "glorifies" the computer through generative art and architectural coding. Their work seamlessly integrates aesthetic elegance and complex algorithms.      

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LAST CHANCE Mandy El-Sayegh : A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose

Lawrie Shabibi Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The inaugural solo exhibition at Lawrie Shabibi for London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh is a combination of painting, installation, video, sound, and performance that showcases her characteristic ‘bricolage’ approach, connecting disparate visual cultural knowledge to create new meanings. Says the gallery: [ ... ]

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