Our pick: Four art exhibitions you should see this November
From sculptures, photos, a new gallery and behind-the-scenes pictures of Picasso at work, here are the best art exhibitions to catch this month…
Until November 28
The Abu Dhabi Art Hub, the UAE’s first artistic community, has branched out into Dubai Design District and kicks things off by showcasing a collection of international and local artists. There are a whole range of modern and contemporary pieces, from canvas paintings to abstract sculptures, all bringing into question different cultures and foreign identities.
Art Hub Gallery, Building 2, Dubai Design District, Ras Al Khor Road, Dubai. Tel: (055) 8722385. Taxi: Dubai Design District. arthubdubai.com
Until December 26
These behind-the-scene style photos capture famous artists working on their masterpieces. The images were handpicked from the magazine Paris Match’s archives by Olivier Widmaier Picasso, (yes, Pablo Picasso’s grandson), and will be dotted around the Sofitel Dubai’s restaurant. You can see Salvador Dali at Paris Zoo, Joan Miro working in his studio and Picasso sketching a model.
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, JBR The Walk, Dubai, daily 24 hours, free. Tel: (04) 4484848. Taxi: Sofitel JBR. sofitel-dubai-jumeirahbeach.com
Figurative To Abstraction
Until November 10 (and then November 23 until January)
ArtSpace is a gallery dedicated to modern and contemporary Middle Eastern artists and for the next few months it’s shining a light on Alfred Basbous. The show of the late sculptor’s work is split in two, with part one running for only two more days until November 10 and the second from November 23 until January. The Lebanese artist’s abstract pieces are all about imitating natural form through perfectly smooth lines and angles.
ArtSpace, The Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai, Sun to Thur 10am to 10pm, free. Tel: (04) 3230820. Metro: Emirates Towers. artspace-dubai.com
November 13 to December 31
Photographer Richard Allenby-Pratt has spent the past 16 years exploring the UAE and capturing the Emirates’ every angle. The exhibition title refers to how, now, humans have a big impact on the earth’s landscape. So through this collection of photos from his different series, spanning the last 15 years, Allenby-Pratt is exploring how radically Dubai’s desert landscape has changed in recent years.
Gulf Photo Plus, Unit D36, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, Sun to Wed 10am to 7pm, Thur and Sat 10am to 6pm, free. Tel: (04) 3808545. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. gulfphotoplus.com