Top 5 New Art Exhibitions In The UAE

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The 2016-16 art season is off and running in the UAE, with new exhibitions up and down Alserkal Avenue and at XVA Gallery in Dubai and Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

  1. Elegance in Nature at Emirates Palace

Maruizio Bottoni
Maruizio Bottoni’s Farfalle is oil on golden leaf on panel.

Photo Credit: Swiss Art Gate

An exhibition entitled Elegance in Nature starts with an opening reception Tuesday night and features pieces by four artists: Maurizio Bottoni, Carlo Ferrari, Vittorio Gui, and Roshana Khalilian. The exhibition runs until January 17, so there’s plenty of time to go see it. As you would expect from the title of the exhibition, it features pieces that are focused on nature and the beauty that is inherent in the natural world.

Each of these artists is fabulous in their own way. Bottoni channels the ancient masters in realism, while Ferrari has mastered the many oil painting techniques, spending a lot of time studying “the haze.” Gui focuses on spiritualism in his photography, and Khalilian is a master of the abstract.
Emirates Palace
Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art
Via Bear, 12 (entrance via Ciovasso, 2) – 20121 – Milan
Abu Dhabi


  1. Elias Zayat at the Green Art Gallery

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Elias Zayat imagines what life might have been like after the flood recorded in Mesopotamian, Babylonian, and Biblical history.

Photo Credit: Alserkal Avenue

Green Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition entitled After the Deluge featuring work by Syrian artist Elias Zayat. As one of the 20th Century’s most important Syrian artists, having his pieces here in Dubai is a real treat. He is especially inspired by religion and popular icons and has published a number of art history studies, iconographic pieces, and art critiques.

After the Deluge runs through Nov. 4.
Green Art Gallery
Alserkal Avenue
Street 8, Al Quoz I


  1. Haleh Redjaian at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

Haleh Redjaian
Haleh Redjaian has a very minimalistic style.

Photo Credit: Alserkal Avenue

German-Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian’s exhibition entitled In-Between Spaces opened at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde on Galleries night last week. She uses the abstract to place structures over reality in creating her special thread installations, carpets, and drawings. This exhibition is her first solo show in the Middle East, and she’s very in tune with her Iranian heritage in the area of weaving

The show continues through Nov. 5.
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
Alserkal Avenue
Street 8, Al Quoz I


  1. Anno at La Galerie Nationale

Anno considers intense blue or black as her muses.

Photo Credit: Alserkal Avenue

Belgian artist Anno has a solo exhibition entitled Black Light Soul at La Galerie Nationale from now through Nov. 7. While this is her first exhibition, it’s also the culmination of a decade of creations from an incredibly talented artist. For many years she was hesitant to share her work with others, but we’re certainly happy she did! She focuses on aesthetics and balance in all her pieces and practices both painting and sculpting.
La Galerie Nationale
Alserkal Avenue
Street 8, Al Quoz I

  1. Colleen Quigley at XVA Gallery

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Colleen Quigley’s Mashallah Red, Blue, and Yellow series is made up of hundreds of small hand-printed, glazed tiles embedded in a mixture of resin and beeswax to create depth.

Photo Credit: XVA Gallery

An exhibition entitled Searching for Optical Wonder featuring pieces by Dubai-based artist Colleen Quigley is ongoing at XVA Gallery. In creating the pieces, she used a wide variety of materials, including wax, laser-cut acrylic, ceramics, and more. She seeks to isolate color as the light around it changes, using Islamic design as her framework to build upon.
XVA Gallery
Al Fahidi Neighborhood
Bur Dubai