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Arts & Culture

The best art exhibitions to check out in Dubai

Tue, March 1, 2022

Discover the city's must-see art showcases and exhibitions, ideal for those looking to indulge in a spot of culture.

Discover the city's must-see art showcases and exhibitions, ideal for those looking to indulge in a spot of culture.

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Art Dubai

Art Dubai 2020
The most important dates in the diaries of the region's culture fans centre around Art Dubai. This year the emphasis is on innovation, with digital art and NFTs sharing space with new installations and curatorial showcases. The exhibition shines a light on contemporary and modern creations from around the world. Its fifteenth season is set to officially return to Madinat Jumeirah with over 100 exhibitors from 44 countries, including more than 30 first-time participants providing inspiration to buyers and browsers.
Art Dubai
Arts & Culture
  • 11 Mar 2022 - 13 Mar 2022
  • Madinat Jumeirah
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Alserkal Art Week

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Alserkal Art Week returns this March, for 11 days of unique exhibitions and pop-up events. Alserkal Avenue's many galleries and spaces will be opening up their doors to welcome the city's art fans to take a look at their newest displays. There will also be talks by experts, workshops and film screenings. Make sure you also mark your calendar for Alserkal Lates which returns to the industrial hotspot on 8 March with its array of galleries, cafes and ateliers staying open late into the evening.
Alserkal Art Week
Arts & Culture
  • 3 Mar 2022 - 13 Mar 2022
  • Alserkal Avenue
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The World of Banksy

Banksy
Discover art by the mysterious Banksy, as an exhibition of his pieces is here in Dubai for the first time ever. The creative mastermind behind some of the world's most renowned satirical graffiti artworks has kept his identity a secret for years, and art lovers can see more than 120 unique works of his on display at Mall of the Emirates. The exhibition has toured the world, stopping off in cities such as Paris, Barcelona and Brussels and this is its Dubai debut.
The World of Banksy: The Immersive Experience
Galleries & Exhibitions
  • 1 Mar 2022 - 31 Mar 2022
  • Mall of the Emirates
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Sikka Art & Design Fesival

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Dubai Culture's flagship initiative, SIKKA Art Festival is celebrating 10 years of remarkable creativity and inspiration. Artists, local and international alike, will decorate Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood with works that speak to the future and orchestrate a visionary experience. Its location, amid the atmospheric alleyways alongside the Dubai Creek, add to the charm of this celebration.
Sikka Art & Design Festival
Arts & Culture
  • 15 Mar 2022 - 24 Mar 2022
  • Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
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Queen of Colour at ME Dubai

NAT BOWEN: British Artist's First Middle East Exhibition & collaboration with McLaren
Explore the pops of colour that are a trademark of celebrity favourite Nat Bowen, at her first solo showcase in Dubai. As part of ME Dubai's latest Artist in Residency, the hotel's atrium will display several technicolour pieces by Bowen, made using rare and precious pigments and materials, including crushed diamonds. Bowen has even reimagined McLaren's Artura supercar which takes pride of place in the hotel lobby.
Exhibition: Queen of Colour at ME Dubai
Fashion & Design
  • 23 Feb 2022 - 31 Mar 2022
  • ME Dubai
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Art Dubai

Art Dubai 2020
The most important dates in the diaries of the region's culture fans centre around Art Dubai. This year the emphasis is on innovation, with digital art and NFTs sharing space with new installations and curatorial showcases. The exhibition shines a light on contemporary and modern creations from around the world. Its fifteenth season is set to officially return to Madinat Jumeirah with over 100 exhibitors from 44 countries, including more than 30 first-time participants providing inspiration to buyers and browsers.
Art Dubai
Arts & Culture
  • 11 Mar 2022 - 13 Mar 2022
  • Madinat Jumeirah
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Movement by Antonio Signorini

Exhibition at Oblong Contemporary Gallery
Art fans can make their way to Bluewater Island's Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery for Antonio Signorini’s latest exhibition of three-dimensional sculptures. Browse through a display of experimental new pieces by the Italian, who is making his Dubai debut. His work is created using white patina — a mixture of ceramic paint and marble powder over bronze. Expect to see The Dancers, The Warriors and Flying Horses which seem to gallop through air.
Exhibition: Movement by Antonio Signorini
Galleries & Exhibitions
  • 9 Feb 2022 - 31 Mar 2022
  • Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery
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Shard Song at Efie Gallery

West African art is in the spotlight at this specialist gallery that launches with an exhibition of work by El Anatsui curated by Mae-Ling Lokko and creatively directed by Aida Muluneh. The space, in Al Quoz's Al Khayat Art Avenue, will have a selection of the Ghana-native's signature metal sculptures, made with bottle caps, tin cans and other metals connected by copper wire.
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Mike Arnold's Odyssey

Mestaria Gallery presents Odyssey by Mike Arnold
Head off on an Odyssey with Dubai-based artist Mike Arnold as his latest show at Mesteria Gallery explores his experiences in the country. Done in his distinctive impressionist style, Arnold chases the light and energy of the UAE, using the occasional gold flourish to accentuate. From his studio in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, he's created this latest body of work that is sure to impress patriots and collectors alike.
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DIFC Sculpture Park

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Art World Creation Dubai takes over the DIFC Sculpture Park, dotting its trademark installations all across the area. Wander around gardens and enclaves taking in eye-catching Turkish art including a tower of rabbits, deer and a Rainbow Baby by names like Ayla Turan, Kemal Tufan and Karim Karakaya.

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