24 February 2024

Abdulrahim Salim: The Epic of Muheera

Aisha Alabbar Gallery Warehouse 101, Al Quoz 2, Dubai

Abdulrahim Salim is currently showing work at the gallery based on two decades of interest in the folk tale (ends 15 February); this performance piece brings the story of Muheera to life. Blending regional folklore, storytelling, and art using charcoal [ ... ]

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Oblong Contemporary Gallery: New Season

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

Oblong’s 2024 kicks off with a group show featuring work in a variety of media from a disparate group of six (mostly Italian or Italy-based) artists: Roberta Diazzi Italy 3D portraits of endangered animals using Swarovski crystal Resi Girardello Italy [ ... ]

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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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Sheher, Prakriti, Devi

Ishara Art Foundation Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Riffing on the interwoven relationship between cities, the natural environment and the sacred, this show presents work by 12 artists and collectives working across diverse contexts of urban, rural, domestic, communitarian, public and non-material spaces. Sheher, Prakriti, Devi comes from [ ... ]

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Imad Habbab: Identity Traces

Urbanist Art Gallery Box Park, Al Wasl Road, Dubai

New work by the Syrian artist aims to capture the echoes of thoughts, ideas and experiences of the cities he's lived in: Damascus, Beirut and Istanbul. "His work reflects and expresses the amalgamation of human and urban relationships within each [ ... ]

LAST CHANCE Blane De St Croix: Horizon

NYUAD Art Gallery Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Art Gallery at NYUAD opens its new season with works from a sculptor who works on the relationship between people and landscape and in particular the landscape of climate change. His practice is based on extensive field research; over [ ... ]

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Hazem Harb: Gauze

Tabari Artspace Gate Village Level 2, DIFC, Dubai

A solo show by the Palestinian visual artist, curated by Munira Al Sayegh, which "invites viewers to explore the profound connections between material, the body, the context and the artist’s personal journey as a Gazan native in exile". Gauze offers [ ... ]

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On the Roster

Elmarsa Gallery 23 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A suitably explicit title for a group show of Elmarsa artists – or to put it another way, "a comprehensive exploration of the artistic endeavours undertaken by the gallery's esteemed cadre of represented artists". On display: Jellal Ben Abdallah, Nejib [ ... ]

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Posters for Gaza

Zawyeh Gallery Warehouse 27, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

An exhibition of posters produced specifically for this exhibition by 26 artists who come together to shed light on the ethnic cleansing and horrific massacres taking place in the Gaza Strip and to demand the recognition of Palestinian rights to [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Pablo Reinoso: Lines in Motion

Custot Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The first solo exhibition in the region for the French-Argentinian artist features a selection of existing and brand-new works first shown at the Abu Dhabi Art fair that provide a comprehensive survey of Reinoso’s sculptural practice. The show highlights the [ ... ]

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Tom Butler: Monochrome Metropolis

Mestaria Gallery Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

In a departure from his usual vibrant collages, Butler's new work speaks of meticulous craftsmanship in fine line ink and graphite to create detailed contemporary representations of some of Dubai’s most well-known cityscapes: “upon deeper reflection, a captivating and intricately [ ... ]

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Closing event: Plaited Time – A Talk + Sonic Interlude with Lubaina Himid, Magda Stawarska, Omar Kholeif

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

Join Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid (above right) and collaborator Magda Stawarska (left) as they talk about their rather good SAF exhibition Plaited Time / Deep Water with the exhibition's curator, Dr Omar Kholeif. They will delve into the role [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Lubaina Himid and Magda Stawarska: Plaited Time / Deep Water

Sharjah Arts Foundation, Arts Square Al Shuweiheen, Sharjah

Developed over several years, Lubaina Himid’s first exhibition in the region has been conceived together with Magda Stawarska, who is internationally renowned for her practice of ‘inner listening’—a collaborative process of listening to cities. The results of their intimate encounters [ ... ]

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Culture Bus: Quoz Arts Festival

421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The 2024 series of 421's Culture Bus trips from Abu Dhabi kicks off with a visit to the second day of Quoz Arts Fest. You'll get three hours on site: 2pm: Depart from 421 3.30pm: Arrive at Quoz Arts Fest [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Philip Mueller: The Black Flags of Medea

CARBON 12 Unit 37, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai

Another excursion through the worlds of one of Carbon 12's stars.  It's a gathering of old and new people from paintings past, featuring the Black Flamingo Sad Boys and the Naxos Racing Team; the work marks a fundamental stage in [ ... ]

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Vikram Divecha: Short Circuits

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Vikram Divecha’s exhibition covers the Dubai-based artist’s practice since 2013, showcasing his playful and poetic site-specific works, public art, installations, videos, photography and drawings. In particular, Divecha has long had an in-depth interest in the invisible structures of planning, construction, [ ... ]

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Ras Al Khaimah Art

Al Jazeera Al Hamra Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah Art, the new incarnation of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Art Festival, opens to the public at 9pm on Friday 2 February. As ever, it’s at the Al Jazeera Al Hamra Heritage Village, which has increasingly been [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Walid Siti: Fragile Construct

Meem Gallery Umm Suqeim Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Two towers loom large in Walid Siti’s artwork, one manmade – the 9th century Malwiya minaret of Samarra, encompassing both the hubris of political power and the genius of an unknown architect; and the mountains of his native Kurdistan, formed [ ... ]

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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 Being Borrowed: On Egyptian Migration to the Gulf

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

An exhibition featuring 21 Egyptian artists and curated by Farah Hallaba, Farida Youssef, and Ali Zaaray that is part of a larger aim to produce accessible knowledge that invites people to question and to feel. Migration and its effects – [ ... ]

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André Butzer: Becoming Matisse

Carbon 12 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A solo show from one of Carbon 12's regulars. Butzer's style is characterised by "Disney figures painted by Munch": iconic characters, expressive language, deceptively careful use of colour, all done in "in honour of Henri Matisse" says the artrist. "Simultaneously [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Ishmael Randall Weeks: Desert Displacements

Lawrie Shabibi Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The second solo exhibition at Lawrie Shabibi for the always interesting Peruvian artist who characteristically transforms fundamental geometric models into objects echoing the poetry of utility. Each of the works "weaves through the domains of architecture and design, anchoring themselves [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Imad Habbab: Identity Traces

Urbanist Art Gallery Box Park, Al Wasl Road, Dubai

New work by the Syrian artist aims to capture the echoes of thoughts, ideas and experiences of the cities he's lived in: Damascus, Beirut and Istanbul. "His work reflects and expresses the amalgamation of human and urban relationships within each [ ... ]

Hana El-Sagini: Counting Fingers

421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A solo exhibition that presents a newly commissioned large-scale installation rooted in the instability and fragility of the human experience — more than 200 fantastical ceramic objects arranged as surreal sculptures and structures that replicate and reimagine healthcare spaces, such [ ... ]

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Network Culture

421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

This exhibition presents projects by 12 of the participants in 421’s Homebound Residency Program, which ran annually from spring 2020 to fall 2023; it is both a celebration of the work produced during the programme and an acknowledgement of the [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Abdulrahim Salim: Muheera & I

Aisha Alabbar Gallery Warehouse 101, Al Quoz 2, Dubai

Abdulrahim Salim’s first solo exhibition with the gallery presents a collection that spans two decades of his career, including figurative drawings, paper collages, and  abstract paintings. Central to his artistic vision is the enduring influence of folklore and the character [ ... ]

LAST CHANCE Alfiz Sabirov: Ayu Bala

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

A solo exhibition of 3D work by the Turkic artist, sculptures distinguished by a variety of shapes and volumes, unexpected combinations of materials and textures. Says the gallery: “Sabirov has created his own mythology, elaborated in detail and embodied in [ ... ]

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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 Hazem Harb: Gauze

Tabari Artspace Gate Village Level 2, DIFC, Dubai

A solo show by the Palestinian visual artist, curated by Munira Al Sayegh, which "invites viewers to explore the profound connections between material, the body, the context and the artist’s personal journey as a Gazan native in exile". Gauze offers [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Pouran Jinchi: Fly Like Dandelions

The Third Line Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Pouran Jinchi was inspired to embark on this new body of work after reading an article about a Guatemalan farmer forced to flee due to the impact of climate change on agriculture; her inspiration for this series stems from landscapes [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Kamran Samimi: Before Nature (I Am Both Created and Destroyed)

The Third Line Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Kamran Samimi's first exhibition with The Third Line draws inspiration from the land's rich tapestry of natural materials. Delving into the concealed narratives of the UAE's mountainous terrain, Samimi's practice is deeply rooted in a profound sense of place. As [ ... ]

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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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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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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. To 24 March.    

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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. Presented by Fakewhale and curated by Giuseppe Moscatello, this is [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Ahmad Kasha: A Moment of Peace

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

A solo show for the young Syrian painter. "Those who follow Kasha’s experience will notice his transition from expressive realism shortly after his graduation from the College of Fine Arts to expressionism, which tends toward abstraction in a fluid experimentation [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Green Art Gallery x Selma Feriani Gallery

Green Art Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A group exhibition in collaboration with Selma Feriani Gallery, featuring work by the Tunis gallery's artists: Nazgol Ansarinia, Rossella Biscotti, M’barek Bouhchichi, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Elena Damiani, Yazid Oulab and Massinissa Selmani. This could be a very interesting show. Established in [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Tom Butler: Monochrome Metropolis

Mestaria Gallery Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

In a departure from his usual vibrant collages, Butler's new work speaks of meticulous craftsmanship in fine line ink and graphite to create detailed contemporary representations of some of Dubai’s most well-known cityscapes: “upon deeper reflection, a captivating and intricately [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Tammam Azzam: Diary

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

A solo exhibition that showcases works which play with perspective – "horizon lines expand outward and urban vistas are cut into parts, interrupted like the lines of a window frame". Architecture becomes a subjective reality, painted paper collages symbolise the [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE On the Roster

Elmarsa Gallery 23 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A suitably explicit title for a group show of Elmarsa artists – or to put it another way, "a comprehensive exploration of the artistic endeavours undertaken by the gallery's esteemed cadre of represented artists". On display: Jellal Ben Abdallah, Nejib [ ... ]

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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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Hussein Sharif: Re-framing Reality

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi

The Culture Foundation's big summer show is a major survey of four decades of work showcasing the multidisciplinary practice across painting, drawing, collage and sculpture of an artist acknoweldged as one of the UAE’s key postmodernists (he was one of [ ... ]

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Native: Plants in the UAE

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi

An exhibition that explores the plants indigenous to the UAE, looking at the surrounding atmosphere that affects its growth and gives it its unique variations of colour, texture, size and behaviour. "From the iconic Ghaf tree to the resilient desert [ ... ]

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Through the Seasons with Eric Carle

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi

For the first time in the region, the work of the noted illustrator and children’s book author (more than 70 titles to his name, including of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar) is celebrated through Carle’s brilliant imagery of the seasons, [ ... ]

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In Real Time

NYUAD Art Gallery Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a characteristically interesting exhibition. In Real Time is a dynamic show – over the course of three months the curators will be adding artists, and the artists and performers [ ... ]

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Aya Haidar: Battlegrounds

Tabari Artspace Gate Village Level 2, DIFC, Dubai

The inaugural exhibition of the Lebanese-British artist at this gallery, where she has recently joined the roster. Aya Haidar’s practice addresses themes related to womanhood, invisible labour, forced displacement, Homeland and territory, social constructs and inequalities; positioned at the intersection [ ... ]

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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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Between Fiction and Dreams

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

A group show by three artists from Karakalpakstan, an autonomous area of Uzbekistan: Bakhtiyar Serekeyev, Timur Shardimetov and Salomat Babajanov. "They introduced the rebellious spirit of expressionism and uninhibited painting into local art, which was very traditional in themes and [ ... ]

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