Getting to the art of the matter is important, you know?

With a brand new month comes brand new art exhibitions to check out, and culture vultures, we’ve rounded up four key exhibitions to keep you busy this December.

1. Discover Saudi Arabia

The cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia is celebrated in this exhibition of archaeological artefacts titled Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia.  Organised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), it is a travelling exhibition that has already been to 13 international museums in Europe, the United States and Asia.
Until February 16
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Cultural District. Tue to Sun, 10am to 8pm, Thur and Fri 10am to 10pm. Tel: (600) 565566.

2. 100 Best Arabic Posters 

The winners of a biennial graphic competition for poster design go on display in one of the city’s most vibrant spaces. The democratic nature of poster language is deeply embedded in the culture of the Arab world, beyond just its visuals, and this exhibition will travel from Abu Dhabi across the region.
Until January 20
Warehouse 421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi. Tue to Sun, 10am to 8pm. Tel: (02) 6768803.

3. Building Blocks of a Society

Exploring the visible and invisible threads that form a society and help to shape its communities, this exhibition brings together works by a diverse selection of local and international artists. Highlights include wonderful representations of the UAE’s mosques by expat-artist Jessica Watson-Thorpe, architectural charcoal drawings by new Abu Dhabi resident Miriam Innes, and Shamma Al Amri’s pinhole photography, depicting the history of
the UAE.
Until January 15
Novus Art Gallery, Showroom 101, The Galleria. Al Maryah Island. Abu Dhabi. Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur 10am to midnight, Fri noon to midnight to 12am. Tel: (02) 6777917.

4. Rational vs Intuitive

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Republic, this exhibition brings together Slovak artists based in the UAE and abroad. Paintings, sculpture and photography come together to celebrate the nation.
Until December 4
Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Bateen Area Villa 15, Al Huwelat Street (Behind Al Bateen Mall) Abu Dhabi. Sat to Thur 10am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 6210145.

Images: Supplied

Words: Anna Seaman.
Anna is an arts and culture specialist in the UAE, and a regular contributor to What’s On. Find out more at

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