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, 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
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
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