5 Dubai Exhibitions to Check Out This Fall

Art shows are back with a bang


Since coronavirus broke out in March, the art world came to a standstill.  But now, after months of postponements and cancellations, it looks like things are finally picking back up. 

September has seen museums and galleries all over the world come back full swing, and the UAE is no exception—with social distancing measures in place, of course. Whilst much anticipated events like Art Dubai and Art Abu Dhabi have been postponed until 2021, this fall—which is Dubai’s most prominent art season—still has a lot to offer. 

If you’re looking to get your local art fix, these are the exhibitions to check out. 

New Waves: Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School

The exhibition explores the role Mohamed Melehi played in redefining art in Morocco. Melehi was one of the founders of the Casablanca School modern art movement, earning a name for himself for his vivid canvases and signature wave motif. The exhibition trails the artist’s 60-year-long career.

September 19 – October 10, Concrete, Alserkal Avenue

On Stones and Palimpsets

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Destroy Your House, Build up a Boat, Save Life, 2015Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Destroy Your House, Build up a Boat, Save Life, 2015

On Stones and Palimpsets is second solo exhibition at Alserkal Avenue’s Green Art Gallery. Throughout the exhibition, the artist explores the ways in which landscapes have shifted through time, with a series of drawings, sculptures and video. 

September 19- November 7, Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue

Art in the Age of Anxiety

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Antoine Catala’s ‘Don’t Worry’ (2017) and ‘Everything is Okay’(2017), part of the large-scale exhibition ‘Art in the Age of Anxiety’, are off-white rectangular slabs hung on a wall and connected via a transparent tube to a machine mimicking a ventilator that makes the messages ‘Don’t worry’ and ‘Everything is okay’ slowly appear and disappear. The words reassure viewers who perhaps feel they are teetering on the brink of a major disaster. Catala is known for work that examines everyday communication tools and the ways in which humans use and consume media. Running until 29 September 2020, 'Art in the Age of Anxiety' is the most ambitious exhibition in the Middle East to date about art in the age of the internet. Curated by Omar Kholeif, the exhibition examines the ways everyday devices and technologies have altered our collective consciousness. Free admission. Book your visit now on sharjahart.org. #artintheageofanxiety يشارك عملا أنطوان كاتالا بعنوان "لا تقلق" (2017) و"كل شيء على ما يرام" (2017) في معرض "الفن في زمن القلق"، وهما عبارة عن ألواح مستطيلة بيضاء اللون معلقة على الحائط، ومتصلة عبر أنبوب شفاف مع جهاز يحاكي جهاز التنفس الصناعي الذي يُغلق عبارتي "لا تقلق" و"كل شيء على ما يرام"، واللتين تظهران ببطء ثم تختفيان. يعاين أنطوان كاتالا أدوات الاتصال اليومية والطرق التي يستخدمها البشر في التعامل مع الوسائط واستهلاكها. يستمر معرض "الفن في زمن القلق" حتى 29 سبتمبر 2020، وهو أحد أهم المعارض في الشرق الأوسط حتى الآن حول الفن في عصر الإنترنت. المعرض من تقييم عمر خليف ويعاين تأثير الأجهزة والتقنيات الحديثة على وعينا الجمعي في عالم اليوم. الدخول مجاني. احجزوا زيارتكم على sharjahart.org.

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Held by the Sharjah Art Foundation, the show is the first by the foundation’s senior curator Omar Kholeif. Kholeif brings together 30 major artists from across the world, among them Turner Prize winning artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, to explore the ways technology and social media has impacted the collective human consciousness.

June 26 – September 26, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah Art Foundation

Homebound: A Journey in Photography

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Enjoy the major exhibition ‘Homebound: A Journey in Photography’, running until 31 October 2020. The two-part exhibition traces the work and career of acclaimed artist and photographer Aïda Muluneh. The first part of the exhibition chronicles Muluneh’s journey as an artist and photojournalist as well as her multiple contributions to image-making. The second part of the exhibition recounts the evolution of the major East African photography biennial Addis Foto Fest (AFF), which the artist founded in 2010, through a selection of work by other contemporary African photographers that have been exhibited and/or commissioned by AFF over the past decade. This exhibition is held in Sharjah Art Museum, and is a collaboration between The Africa Institute, Sharjah Art Foundation and Sharjah Museums Authority. Virtual tour available online. Free admission. Visit our website to learn more. لا تفوتوا معرض "العودة للوطن: رحلة في التصوير الفوتوغرافي"، المستمر حتى 31 أكتوبر 2020، وهو معرض كبير مكون من جزأين حول أعمال المصورة المعروفة عايدة مولوني ومسيرتها الفنية المميزة. يستعرض الجزء الأول عبر مجموعة من الأعمال الإبداعية، رحلة الفنانة مولوني الفنية والفوتوغرافية ومساهماتها المتعددة في صناعة الصورة. أما الجزء الثاني من المعرض بعنوان "مهرجان أديس فوتو – استطلاع تسع سنوات"، فهو مخصص لأعمال المصورين الأفارقة المعاصرين، وتم عرضه سابقاً في مهرجان أديس فوتو، المهرجان الدولي الأول والوحيد للتصوير الفوتوغرافي في شرق أفريقيا، والذي يقام كل عامين في أديس أبابا في إثيوبيا، وكانت مولوني أطلقته في عام 2010. يقام المعرض في متحف الشارقة للفنون بالتعاون بين معهد إفريقيا ومؤسسة الشارقة للفنون وهيئة الشارقة للمتاحف. ويمكن للراغبين في مشاهدة المعرض على الإنترنت الاستمتاع بالجولة الافتراضية على موقعنا الإلكتروني. الدخول مجاني. لمعرفة المزيد، تفضلوا بزيارة sharjahart.org

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Dive into African photography with the Sharjah Art Foundation’s latest exhibition. In partnership with The Africa Institute, the organization brings the work of Ethiopian artist and photographer Aida Muluneh to the UAE for a two-part exhibition. The first part trails Muluneh’s career as an artist and photographer, while the second part places focus on her acclaimed photo festival, Addis Foto Fest that she founded in 2010, and the only international photography festival in East Africa. 

June 24-October 32, Sharjah Art Museum

Last Days of Soft Machine

Alserkal Avenue’s Carbon 12 gallery brings the works of Austrian artist Philip Mueller to Dubai. In this solo exhibition, you’ll dive into dark yet colourful, imagined worlds of the artist. 

September 29- November 4, Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue

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