Our picks: Five art exhibitions to see in Dubai this May

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There are exploding cars, there’s pop art and there are works from Morocco, Cairo and Iran. Basically, there’s a lot of good art in the city this month…

1. Magnetic Bodies: Imaging The Urban

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The Cairo-born artist and feminist historian Huda Lutfi has returned to Dubai for what is her second solo show here. A collection of some old and new work, her pop-art style pieces are a mismatch of photo collages and sculptures that examine and explore the urban landscape and recent history of Egypt’s capital.

Until June 4. The Third Line, Warehouse H78 and H80, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Sat to Thur 10am to 7pm, free. Tel: (04) 3411367. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. thethirdline.com

2. The Tyranny Of Autumn

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Farideh Lashai was one of the biggest names in Iranian art, known for drawing on her own history and that of her home country. This retrospective features 22 hand-painted silkscreen prints inspired by her 2004 exhibition by the same name. The cypress tree on the prints is said to represent the parts of Iran’s culture that survived the periods of foreign occupations and social unrest.

Until May 14. Leila Heller Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 7pm, free. Tel: (056) 8298026. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. leilahellergallery.com

3. Disintegrating II

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There’s always something wacky and wonderful to find at M.A.D Gallery by luxury Swiss watch manufacturers MB&F. Head down now and admire the intricate photos by Fabian Oefner. They seem to depict exploding cars, but the Swiss artist spends weeks painstakingly dismantling model cars and shooting each piece in place and then bringing all the images together.

Throughout May. M.A.D Gallery, Unit H81, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 7pm, free. Tel: (04) 3307366. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. Mbandf.com/mad-gallery

4. Vibrations

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ArtSpace has been showcasing Middle Eastern contemporary artists in Dubai for more than a decade, and this month it’s Fatiha Zemmouri’s turn. Living in Casablanca, Morocco, she uses a variety of raw materials to create paintings, sculptures and collages. Vibrations includes a mix of her work, which plays with textures and materials in simple but powerful ways.

Until May 31. ArtSpace, Gate Village 3, DIFC, Dubai, Sun to Thur 10am to 8pm, free. Tel: (04) 3230820. Metro: Emirates Towers. artspace-dubai.com

5. Money, Time And Cereal

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Dubai’s own Dollarsandart, the art brand by artist Jim Wheat, has launched its fourth ‘Dubai $’ project and this time its focus is on cereals past and present. Wheat has traded in his usual bright acrylics for different printing techniques and created 12 cool pop-art style pieces.

Until June 1. Toil And Tinker, Warehouse 4, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, Dubai, daily 9am to 6pm, free. Tel: (04) 3410977. Taxi: The Lime Tree Café Al Quoz. toilandtinker.com