Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi

Celebrating 50 years of the United Arab Emirates, this Abu Dhabi Festival exhibition of work never before displayed together aims to trace the country's visual art history since its creation. There will be more than 100 works (including 15 new [...]

Free

Mouna Rebeiz: Colour Power

Leila Heller Gallery Dubai

What would the world be without colour? How would we perceive reality without red, blue or green? Can we imagine living in black and white? In these twelve canvases Mouna Rebeiz has endeavoured to grasp the purest, most authentic value [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Matt Kayem: Blue Jeans

Akka Project 6th Street, Warehouse 4, Al Quoz 3, Dubai

Matt Kayem's first UAE exhibition features his characteristic textural reworking of denim, fabric and acrylic. Says the artist: “In my work, I usually revisit pre-colonial Africa or Buganda, where I come from, and pick out things in daily use and [...]

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LAST CHANCE The Distance From Here

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

This major exhibition of works drawn from the Art Jameel Collection, plus loans and new commissions, highlights personal responses to and interactions with space and time by 11 artists – Mona Ayyash, Yto Berrada, Hicham Benohoud, Jason Dodge, Shilpa Gupta, [...]

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LAST CHANCE Beyond: Artists Commissions

[various]

Last chance to see the site-specific artworks commissioned by Abu Dhabi Art for Al Ain: 10am-6pm | Al Jahili Fort: Aya Haidar 8am-6pm | Jebel Hafit Desert Park: Hazem Harb | Richard Atugonza 8am-6pm |Jebel Hafit Desert Park: Ayesha Hadhir | Rawdha Khalifa [...]

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The Culture Bus: Art Spaces in Sharjah

[various Sharjah locations]

Warehouse421's useful guided trips outside Abu Dhabi start this year with a full-day visit to Sharjah Art Foundation, Maraya Art Center, and 1971–Design Space. Meet at Warehouse421.

AED 30

LAST CHANCE So Different, So Appealing

Warehouse421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi

An analysis of the aesthetics, rhetorics, and rituals of the real estate industry, unpacking the strategies through which it conjures up its many seductions, aspirations, and desires. The included works use humour, parody, appropriation, and mimesis, uncovering the perverse logic [...]

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LAST CHANCE As We Gaze Upon her

Warehouse421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi

As We Gaze Upon Her comes at the end of the pilot version of Warehouse421’s Curatorial Development Exhibition program, in partnership with the Bombay Institute of Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). The exhibition attempts to expand the notion of ‘woman’, [...]

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Versailles and the World

Louvre Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

The first international exhibition of 2022 for Louvre Abu Dhabi tells the story of Versailles as a central diplomatic instrument that solidified the prowess of the French royal court and served as the stage for its fascination with various civilisations [...]

General admission AED 60

Hady Boraey: Eden Dance

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

Boraey is Egyptian, currently a lecturer at Alexandria University, who has a distinctive technique for his metaphorical and symbolically rich paintings. He clearly aims to take the viewer on a poetic journey to open up new spiritual possibilities, though this [...]

LAST CHANCE Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah

For this mid-career survey of the Syrian-Armenian artist, Sarkissian has created two major new pieces – Last Seen (2018-2021) commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation; and Little Apple (working title) commissioned by the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht. The exhibition also features [...]

Free but prebook

LAST CHANCE Sublime Convergence: Art, Nature and Technology

Volte Art Projects Warehouse 13, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The official opening exhibition of the new Volte Art Projects gallery and HQ in Dubai promises “a compelling visual dialogue between ancient memory and near futures ... Cutting-edge technologies are used to document and interrogate our constantly evolving relationship to [...]

LAST CHANCE Mohamed Abla: Earthly Treasures

Tabari Artspace Gate Village, Level 2, DIFC, Dubai

Abla's fifth show with Tabari comes as a group of mixed media collages in varying scale that orbit around the spirit and healing properties of plant life – particularly the cactus. For Abla this plant is both a source of [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Hazem Harb. Temporary Museum. For Palestine

Maraya Art Centre Sharjah

The Dubai-based Palestinian artist attempts to capture the lost legacies of his homeland in the form of archival materials displayed in vitrine cases within a museological context. Harb has been collecting antique memorabilia of the subject via international online auctions [...]

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LAST CHANCE The Otolith Group: Xenogenesis

Sharjah Art Foundation Sharjah

Referencing the Xenogenesis trilogy of African American SF novelist Octavia Butler, this exhibition brings together a selection of key works by the London-based art collective The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun). The works on view, created between 2011 [...]

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LAST CHANCE 50/50

Al Safa Art & Design Library Al Safa Park, Jumeriah 3, Dubai

An exhibition of 50 NFT-only artworks by UAE-based artists celebrating the UAE’s 50th anniversary. Organised by Dubai Culture with Anna Seaman’s MORROW collective in response to an open call, this is the first exhibition of its kind explicitly to feature [...]

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Jitish Kallat: Order of Magnitude

Ishara Art Foundation Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Ishara Art Foundation opens the year with Kallat’s first major solo show in the region, delayed from last December because of the pandemic. Using abstract, schematic, notational and representational languages, he contemplates overarching interconnectivity on the individual, universal, planetary and [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Staying With the Trouble

Carbon 12 Dubai

The works created for this exhibition by three Austrian-born or Austrian-based artists, Monika Grabuschnigg, James Lewis and Laurence Sturla, share the use of traditional-seeming materials like clay and concrete, but their unusual, almost uncanny styles speak of  a common interest [...]

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LAST CHANCE Hassan Sharif: 184 Nails

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde Dubai

Vikram Divecha curates a non-static, constantly changing exhibition of Hassan Sharif’s semi-systems. Building on the insight that Sharif’s vast body of semi-system works constituted one continuous effort, Divecha draws from the archive to propose a shifting show highlighting Sharif’s innovative [...]

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LAST CHANCE Osama Said: Through the Color Terrain

Zawyeh Gallery Warehouse 27, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The first Zawyeh exhibition of the year is a solo show for the Palestinian artist. The gallery says Said was influenced by German expressionism – he lived in Germany for 16 years – and has a “unique style that lies [...]

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Language is Migrant

Warehouse421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi

A collaboration between Warehouse421 and Colomboscope, a contemporary arts festival and creative platform for interdisciplinary dialogue that has grown steadily within the cultural landscape of Sri Lanka since 2013. Curated by Anushka Rajendran and Natasha Ginwala, this Abu Dhabi edition [...]

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Ammar Al Attar: Out of Range

Warehouse421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi

The first solo exhibition for the Ajman-based photographer and mixed media artist is a new body of performance and video works exploring the monotonous labor of daily tasks. It shows as part of Warehouse421’s Artist Development Exhibition Program in partnership [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Hady Boraey: Eden Dance

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

Boraey is Egyptian, currently a lecturer at Alexandria University, who has a distinctive technique for his metaphorical and symbolically rich paintings. He clearly aims to take the viewer on a poetic journey to open up new spiritual possibilities, though this [...]

LAST CHANCE MaDzimbahwe

Akka Project 6th Street, Warehouse 4, Al Quoz 3, Dubai

A group exhibition curated by Raphael Chikukwa, director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and featuring Hloniphani Noah ‘Dialo’ Dube, Doris Kamupira, Josiah Manzi, Isaac Choloka, Tusichile Kasito, Tamary Kudita, Prudence Chimutuwah, Danisile Ncube, Nothando Chiwanga, and Admire Kamudzengerere. Each [...]

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LAST CHANCE Timur D’Vatz: Myths and Journeys

Andakulova Gallery Unit 18, P4 Level Damac Park Towers, DIFC , Dubai

Paintings by Timur D'Vatz, one of Andalukova's stars. The Russian artist describes his work as figurative and emblematic; he fuses ancient legends and symbols with modernist forms and vibrant colours, and the elongated bodies characteristic of his work aim to [...]

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LAST CHANCE Run With The Wolves

Lawrie Shabibi Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

An exhibition featuring five contemporary women artists – Saelia Aparicio (Spain), Natalia Gonzalez Martin (Spain), Shailee Mehta (India), Wawi Navarroza (Philippines) and Sola Olulode (UK) – whose works explore mythology, identity, gender and sexuality. The exhibition takes its title from [...]

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LAST CHANCE Muatasim Alkubaisy: (t)irony

Ayyam Gallery Alserkal Avenue Dubai

The largest body of work yet shown by the Iraq-born Sharjah-based sculptor, a selection of bronze figures portraying those that have been ruined by power – the artist magnifies and exaggerates traits creating caricatures with puffed bellies and swollen jugular [...]

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LAST CHANCE Mouna Rebeiz: Colour Power

Leila Heller Gallery Dubai

What would the world be without colour? How would we perceive reality without red, blue or green? Can we imagine living in black and white? In these twelve canvases Mouna Rebeiz has endeavoured to grasp the purest, most authentic value [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2021

Louvre Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

The exhibition for the seven artists shortlisted for The Richard Mille Art Prize: Nasser Alzayani (born 1991) is a visual artist from Bahrain. He has been shown in a number of group exhibitions, including the Jameel’s 2020 Youth Takeover and [...]

General admission AED 60

LAST CHANCE Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi

Celebrating 50 years of the United Arab Emirates, this Abu Dhabi Festival exhibition of work never before displayed together aims to trace the country's visual art history since its creation. There will be more than 100 works (including 15 new [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Artist’s Rooms: Samson Young

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Samson Young’s Artist’s Room features a new, site-specific installation titled Reasonable Music – an interactive environment consisting of (text as) sound and (text as) image. The components within this environment are derived from the processing of translating the Daoist text [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Language is Migrant

Warehouse421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi

A collaboration between Warehouse421 and Colomboscope, a contemporary arts festival and creative platform for interdisciplinary dialogue that has grown steadily within the cultural landscape of Sri Lanka since 2013. Curated by Anushka Rajendran and Natasha Ginwala, this Abu Dhabi edition [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Ammar Al Attar: Out of Range

Warehouse421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi

The first solo exhibition for the Ajman-based photographer and mixed media artist is a new body of performance and video works exploring the monotonous labor of daily tasks. It shows as part of Warehouse421’s Artist Development Exhibition Program in partnership [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Zemanna

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi

An exhibition that offers an imaginative reconstruction of the past, exploring life in the UAE during the 1990s through "a unique multi-room experience" with artworks and installations by 10 Emirati and UAE-based artists plus nostalgic culinary offerings, merchandise, programmes, and [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Jitish Kallat: Order of Magnitude

Ishara Art Foundation Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Ishara Art Foundation opens the year with Kallat’s first major solo show in the region. Using abstract, schematic, notational and representational languages, he contemplates overarching interconnectivity on the individual, universal, planetary and extra-terrestrial dimensions. The exhibition includes Integer Studies (Drawings from Life). [...]

Free