Mark Your Calendar for June

artwork by Inaya Hodieb

Here is June’s events and exhibitions list happening throughout the month, this list is updated regularly so keep checking, scroll down to see the latest as events and exhibitions are listed per date ascendingly.

To check ongoing exhibitions from May, click here.

In addition to the monthly list, I will add “What’s On?!” a link to most active initiatives, hubs and museums across the Middle East & the world such as V&A, MoMA, ArtintheCity, AlSerkal Avenue, Ashkal Alwan and more!

If you have a non-profit or commercial gallery and like to be featured in upcoming lists, drop us an email.

What’s On?!

Alhondiga Cultural & Art Center

Alserkal Avenue: 


Ashkal Alwan: 

Bayt Lothan: Classes | Exhibitions | Workshops

Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) Kuwait: 


Guggenheim (NYC): 

Guggenheim (Bilbao – Spain): 

Guggenheim (Venice): 

Maraya Art Center: 




Sharjah Art Foundation: 


Whitney Museum: 


The Third Line

Dubai, June 4: Summer Show 2014


Sara Naim, Shimmer - from the series Land Scapes, 2013, C-Type Digital Print. Courtesy: The Third Line.
Sara Naim, Shimmer – from the series Land Scapes, 2013, C-Type Digital Print. Courtesy: The Third Line.

Occasion: The Third Line will be closing the season with Summer Show 2014, presenting a selection of artworks by artists represented by the gallery and those who have shown at the gallery in the past.

With a series of media ranging across photography, painting, sculpture and installations, Summer Show 2014 will be showcasing the works of Arwa Abouon, Ala Ebtekar, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Golnaz Fathi, Hassan Hajjaj, Huda Lutfi, Laleh Khorramian, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Rhea Karam, Sara Naim and others.

The exhibition will include new works, as well as those that have never been shown in Dubai, bringing home works such as Laleh Khorramian’s special project from Art Basel 2013; photographs by Sara Naim, one of the youngest and newest artists on the gallery roster; Ala Ebtekar’s lightboxes from Frieze London 2013; and earlier works by Pouran Jinchi from the 90s, amongst others.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 4 at 6 PM

Duration: June 4 – July 23, 2014

Location: The Third Line, Dubai

Gallery Wendi Norris

San Francisco, June 5: Christine Elfman’s Fix & Fade


Artwork by Elfman Pillars. Courtesy to artist.
Artwork by Elfman Pillars. Courtesy to artist.

Occasion: Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of works by Christine Elfman, recipient of the 2014 San Francisco Artist Award. Through a selection of photographs and paintings, Elfman’s Fix & Fade explores the longing for stability while acknowledging the reality of change.

Elfman is a Bay Area artist working in photography, painting and film. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Elfman holds a BFA in Painting from Cornell University and an MFA in Photography from the California College of the Arts (CCA). She received the San Francisco Foundation Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, the Graduate Merit Scholarship at CCA, and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellowship.

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6 – 8 pm

Duration: June 5 – August 2, 2014

Location: Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.

San Francisco, June 5: Val Britton’s Passage

Installation by Val Britton
Installation by Val Britton

Occasion: San Francisco’s Val Britton will install her first solo exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris. Britton’s exhibition coincides with her immense public installation at the San Francisco International Airport and follows on her residency and corporate commission for Facebook. Britton will transform the gallery’s space with a massive installation of her hand cut assorted papers in her thematic series of cartography inspired landscapes.

Opening Reception: JUNE 05, 2014 from 6:00-8:00PM

Duration: June 5 – August 2, 2014

Location: Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.

Dar Al Mussawir

Beirut, June 5: Rashwan Abdelbaki’s Light Up Darkness


Artwork by Rashwan Abdelbaki. Courtesy to artist.
Artwork by Rashwan Abdelbaki. Courtesy to artist.

Occasion: Art exhibition by Rashwan Abdelbaki in Dar Al Mussawir. “Moment, Music, Family” through an art exhibition combining etching, mixed painting, and digital art.

Rashwan is a Syrian artist with Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Damascus University. Participated in solo and collective exhibitions in Syria and Lebanon.

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 5 at 6pm.

Duration: June 5th and 19th.

Location: Dar Al Mussawir, Hamra (Beirut)


Brussels, June 5: HE AN’s Wind Light as a Thief​


installation by HE AN 'Wind Light as a Thief​'
installation by HE AN ‘Wind Light as a Thief​’


Occasion: Galerie Templon is showing a series of neon installations by conceptual Chinese artist He An, never before seen in Brussels. He An’s light sculptures are made up of characters stolen – with the complicity of the police and the local mafia – from the signs that light up his native city of Wuhan.

Using these stolen ideograms, often damaged by the weather and the course of time, the artist recreates the names of people who are dear to him. We see the name of his father, a martyr of the regime, and of a Japanese erotic actress, the illicit heroine of his youth when her banned videos circulated secretly in China.He An’s work is autobiographic and obsessive: he offers us an approach to contemporary Chinese society that is both intimate and subversive.

Opening Reception: Thursday, 5 June from 5:30 – 8:30PM

 Duration: JUNE 5 – JULY 19, 2014


Paris, June 7: Norbert Bisky’s Works on Paper

Artwork by Norbert Bisky. Courtesy: Galerie Daniel Templon
Artwork by Norbert Bisky. Courtesy: Galerie Daniel Templon

Occasion: German painter Norbert Bisky is returning to Galerie Daniel Templon this summer with a new and spectacular series of works on paper at the Impasse Beaubourg space. The artist is releasing his demons with a series of previously unseen watercolours and oil paintings on paper that play on the conflict between the life instinct and the death instinct.

Norbert Bisky’s figurative style of painting, conjuring up the socialist realism he experienced as a child in GDR, is striking in its use of shimmering colours and its apocalyptic visions. Peopled by beautiful young men, his work depicts ambiguous scenes that lie somewhere between natural catastrophe, battlefield and festivities. Norbert Bisky likes to create a link between chaos and beauty. He combines elements taken from our contemporary hedonistic culture with reminiscences of past ideologies.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7 from noon to 8PM

Duration: JUNE 7 – JULY 25, 2014


Paris, June 7: Chiharu Shiota’s Small Room

Chiharu Shiota’s Small Room installation
Chiharu Shiota’s Small Room installation

Occasion: Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota is returning to Galerie Daniel Templon with A new project named Small Room. The artist has transformed the gallery space with a spectacular installation of hanging suitcases and miniature sculptures in woven thread.

Chiharu Shiota combines performance, body art and installations in a process that places the body at the centre of her sculptural work. She is famed for her vast structures in black and red wool thread that imprison various evocative objects, such as musical instruments, dolls’ dresses, shoes and beds. The graphic network that connects the elements invokes the power of interpersonal bonds, the subject’s inevitable dependency on her or his roots, the very relationships that are harmed by the individualism of modern Western culture.  “The threads are woven together.  They become entangled. They tear.  They unravel.  They are like a mirror of the emotions,” writes Chiharu Shiota.

In Hamburg, Chiharu Shiota joined Marina Abramovic’s class in the 1990s. Her artistic language was influenced by pioneering artists Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and Ana Mendieta, both in terms of the physical experimentation and focus on the unconscious, and the choice of delicate materials like fabrics and thread, traditionally associated with femininity.

Opening Reception: SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014 FROM NOON TO 8PM

Duration: JUNE 7 – JULY 25, 2014



Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch

Rome, June 9: ICONIC | IRONIC


Artwork by Neal Fox
Artwork by Neal Fox

Occasion: Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch is proud to inaugurate the exhibition ICONIC | IRONIC; a group show of three talented illustrators: Neal Fox, Fausto Gilberti and Hell’O Monsters who make their singular elegy to the great masters of art, with an ironic and playfully sarcastic work of desecration-consecration. Their respect and admiration for these masters is demonstrated through the iconoclastic confrontation and comparison seen this apparently irreverent and light-hearted show of their work.

The three illustrators attempt to interpret these great artists, praise them and go beyond them with a series of witty laudatory and deconstructive citations. A rather impertinent homage by these three which stems from their admiration and deference of the protagonists of the “old school”, who still represent powerful references and inspiration today for their immediate recognition, their unrivalled professions and personal lives.

In this exhibition they become source of inspiration for surreal and dreamlike suggestions, puzzles and paradoxes in a fun and caustic journey that enhances through their drawing technique, the strong individuality of each illustrator, transversely linked by an ironic, mocking trait.

Opening Reception: Monday June 9, 2014 at 6 PM

Duration: June 9 – September 13, 2014

Location: Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Rome.

A4 Space

Dubai: June 9: Mon Oncle Film Screening

Scene from Mon Oncle
Scene from Mon Oncle

Occasion: Academy Award winning comedy ‘Mon Oncle’ (My Uncle),1958 by Jaques Tati will be screened at our A4 Space by Alserkal Avenue- the hub for arts &! With classic slapstick setpieces and wonderful scenes of inner and suburban Paris, Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle is undoubtedly one of the most beloved comedies of all time.

Young Gerald Arpel (Alain Bécourt) lives a well-organised life with his equally well-organised parents in a house filled with contraptions and devices that make it, well, well-organised! Enter his eccentric and old-fashioned uncle, Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati). With effortlessly gangly grace, Jacques Tati muddles bewilderedly through the most mechanical of homes, creating havoc along the way. Whether employed in Mr Arpel’s factory or helping Mrs Arpel host a garden party, Monsieur Hulot shows that a mod con is no match for an old pro!

With the unmistakable combination of fedora, trenchcoat, umbrella and pipe, Mon Oncle marks the moment where the character of Monsieur Hulot went from cult figure to cultural icon. A massive international sensation on release, the film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1958. This film is a joyous experience, whether you’re meeting Mon Oncle as a new acquaintance or an old friend.

Opening Reception: Monday June 9 at 7pm

Location: A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Al Qouz (Dubai)


Al Riwaq Art Space

Manama, June 9: Memories Recreated

Memories Recreated Poster. Al Riwaq Art Space
Memories Recreated Poster. Al Riwaq Art Space

Occasion: Al Riwaq Art Space invites you to the opening of a photography exhibition in collaboration with CanvasBH, featuring artists Gaye Bentham, Haya Al-Khalifa, Isa Swain, Rasha Yousif.

Gaye Bentham was born in and raised in England came to Bahrain in 1983 and uses her passion for photography to capture emotive images that communicate the beauty, wonder and mystery she finds in the world. Haya Al Khalifa is a Documentary & Street photographer living in Bahrain. British-Bahraini artist Isa Swain works with different media, including photography, digital video and film, sound, performance art and installations. His practice engages with the space between things and with issues of the alien and the disconnected. Rasha Yousif who is born and raised in Muharraq (Bahrain) is passionate about documentary and travel photography focusing on culture, architecture and traditional ways of living. She captures moving objects or vibrant colors are what keeps her photos alive.

Opening Reception: Monday, June 9 at 7:00pm

Duration: June 9 – June 24

Location: Al Riwaq Art Space, Manama (Bahrain).


Dar Al Funoon

Kuwait, June 10: Ibraheem Al-Attiyah

artwork by Ibraheem Al-Attiyah
artwork by Ibraheem Al-Attiyah

Occasion: Dar Al Funoon cordially invites you to an exhibition of works by Ibraheem Al-Attiyah. Born in Kuwait, Ibraheem Al-Attiyah earned his Bachelors in Art Education and is currently working as a teacher at the Formative Art Institute. In addition, Al-Attiyah worked as a portrait artist in Awan newspaper and Al-Majaalis magazine and has illustrated several childrens books. His works deal mainly with calligraphic letters and Al-Attiyah is recognized internationally after his participation in the 2014 Bonhams art auction in London and the JAMM auction.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 10th at 7pm

Duration: June 10th to 26th, 2014.

Beirut Art Center

Beirut, June 11: 3rd Fundraising Auction


artwork by Inaya Hodieb
artwork by Inaya Hodieb

Occasion: Beirut Art Center is a non-profit space dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon. The Center is holding its third fundraising auction, the proceeds from which will go toward securing a part of the funds required for the operating costs and upcoming activities. The artworks included in the auction have been generously donated by artists who have exhibited at BAC. Online bids will transfer to the live event.

Viewing: May 29 – June 11, 2014

Auction Date: Wednesday, June 11

Location: Beirut Art Center, Beirut

 El Bab Gallery

Cairo, June 17: AMEN – A Prayer for the World


Amen Group Show Exhibition
Amen Group Show Exhibition

Occasion: El Bab Gallery proud to invite you to the 2014 CARAVAN Exhibition of Visual Art titled “AMEN – A Prayer for the World” sponsored by SODIC. This artistic project aims to express the fundamental power and hope in the universe for all people. The exhibition is an art initiative that serves as an aspirational expression for both the people of Egypt and the rest of the world, which will be hosted by religious dignitaries.

AMEN-A Prayer for the World is co-curated by CARAVAN founder Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler and participating celebrated Egyptian artist Reda Abdel Rahman. The Exhibition will be on display in Egypt and the United States, opening first with 30 Egyptian sculptures in Cairo, Egypt in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture on the Cairo Opera House grounds.

The 30 Egyptian artists participating include renowned, established and emerging artists are: Ahmed Shiha, Ahmed Abdel Krim, Amr El Kafrawy, Ammar Abou Bakr, Ahmed Talal, Dahlia Refaat, Emad Abdel Wahab, Farghaly Abdel Hafiz, Farid Fadel, Gamil Shafik, Gamal Lamie, Hamdy Reda, Hossam Sakr, Hesham Nawwar, Hisham El Zeiny, Khaled Sorour, Karim Abdel Malak, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mohamed Abou El Naga, Mohamed Abla, Mohamed El Masry, Mohamed Shaker, Marwa Adel, Maha George, Neveen Taher, Reda Abdel Rahman, Salah El Meligy, Souad Abdel Rasoul, Tarek El Sheikh and Wael Darwish.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 17at 7:00pm

Duration: from June 17th to July 1st

Location: El Bab Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Cairo Opera House



Mark Your Calendar for May

Artwork by Michel Ayoub Courtesy to Joanna Seikaly

In addition to the monthly list, I will add “What’s On?!” a link to most active initiatives, hubs and museums across the Middle East & the world such as V&A, MoMA, ArtintheCity, AlSerkal Avenue, Ashkal Alwan and more! The list keeps updating throughout the month, so keep passing by to stay in touch with the latest! To check ongoing exhibitions from April, click here.

If you have a non-profit or commercial gallery and like to be featured in upcoming lists, drop us an email.

What’s On?!

Alhondiga Cultural & Art Center

Alserkal Avenue: 


Ashkal Alwan: 

Bayt Lothan: Classes | Exhibitions | Workshops

CAP Kuwait: 


Guggenheim (NYC): 

Guggenheim (Bilbao – Spain): 

Guggenheim (Venice): 

Maraya Art Center: 




Sharjah Art Foundation: 


Whitney Museum: 


The National Council for Culture

Acquiring Modernity

Courtesy to YOURAOK
Courtesy to YOURAOK

Occasion: The National Council for Culture, Arts and Literatures invites you to attend the announcement of Acquiring Modernity, Kuwait’s 2nd pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Followed by Q&A discussion.

Opening: Thursday May 1st 2014 7 PM.

Location: Kuwait National Museum Theater, Kuwait.


Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Rome


Courtesy to Marie-Laure Fleisch Gallery

Occasion: Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch throughout May present a list of exhibitions in New York City: Codification of Intimacy: Works on Niklas Luhmann, Bremen (Germany): Young collection 01 – Nullpunkt aller Orte, Athens (Greece): A Thousand Doors , Berlin (Germany): Japan Syndrome, Bex (Switzerland): Émergences | Group show. New York City: The Vertebrae Oracle. Vienna (Austria): Drawing on Drawing , Sao Paulo (Brazil ): O/A Artista Como. Göttingen (Germany): Movement Matters. Milan, (Italy): Quinta Essentia.

Click on event / exhibition to know details of date & location.



The Arab Cultural Club in Sharjah

May Murad’s Musical Spectrum


Courtesy to The Arab Cultural Club in Sharjah
Courtesy to The Arab Cultural Club in Sharjah


Occasion: The Arab Cultural Club in Sharjah is honored to invite you to the opening of the third solo exhibition ” Musical spectrum ” for the Palestinian artist May Murad.

Opening: Friday, May 2nd 2014 at 7:30 PM

Location: The Arab Cultural Club, Sharjah





Courtesy to Experimenter


 SVA Gramercy Gallery, NYC

Obsoletely Fabulous Opening May 5

Courtesy to SVA Gramercy Gallery




Ayyam Gallery

Dubai (DIFC): Ramin Shirdel Whispers of Love

Ramin Shirde 'Hob' 2013. Mixed media on wooden board. 120 x 150 x 27 cm. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery
Ramin Shirde ‘Hob’ 2013. Mixed media on wooden board. 120 x 150 x 27 cm. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery


Occasion: Ayyam Gallery Dubai (DIFC) is pleased to invite you to the opening reception of Whispers of Love, the solo exhibition of Tehran-based artist and architect Ramin Shirdel. Whispers of Love will feature ten recent large-scale assemblage works by the artist. Each work is created using an accumulative process in which an average of fifteen hundred painted pieces come together to form layers that further come together to spell out either words or individual letters in Farsi-Arabic script. At first glance the assemblage of script in red, yellow, purple, blue, and green evoke the conceptualism of nineteen-sixties era American art. However, Shirdel’s artistic influences are much closer to home and may be traced back centuries, an immediate source being the pictorial transformations of text found in calligraphic examples of Islamic art. In Shirdel’s compositions, words built upon the surface of artworks are inspired by the theme of love and may be understood as an ashegh (lover) narrating or bestowing praise upon his beloved.

Opening Reception: Monday, 5 May from 7-9PM

 Duration: 5 May – 5 June

Location: Ayyam Gallery Dubai (DIFC)

Ayyam Gallery London: Walid El Masri Cocoon

Walid El Masri 'Cocoon' 2014. Mixed mixed on canvas. 155 x 200 cm. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery
Walid El Masri ‘Cocoon’ 2014. Mixed mixed on canvas. 155 x 200 cm. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery

Occasion: Ayyam Gallery London is pleased to announce Cocoon, a solo exhibition by Paris-based Lebanese painter Walid El Masri. Featuring a new body of work, Cocoon will reflect a departure from the artist’s ongoing Chair series in which an inanimate object provided a point of entry for meditative explorations of the equilibrium of life despite its unpredictable nature. In contrast, the artist’s recent works have been inspired by the violent conflict that has besieged his native Syria.

In the new series, El Masri continues formal investigations of movement, repetition, and the transcendence of the boundaries of the picture plane through expressive compositions that utilize space to create a sense of instability in the representation of time. Here, movement refers to four stages in the life-cycle of a butterfly, with a cocoon being, “the silky envelope spun by the larvae of many insects, as silkworms, serving as a covering while they are in the pupal stage,” whereas repetition refers to multiple representations of the same subject, and transcendence refers to the reach beyond the physical limits of the canvas, causing the viewer to find himself in media res, surrounded by pictorial elements.

Opening Reception: Thursday, 5 June from 6-8pm

Duration: 5 June until 2 August, 2014.

Location: Ayyam Gallery London 


Ayyam Jeddah: Contemporary Arabia

Mohannad Orabi 'Profile Portrait' 2013 Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery
Mohannad Orabi ‘Profile Portrait’ 2013 Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery

Occasion: Ayyam Gallery Jeddah is pleased to present Contemporary Arabia, a multimedia exhibition featuring a selection of established and emerging Arab artists, including Samia Halaby, Tammam Azzam, and Shaweesh. Contemporary Arabia will mark the first time a broad survey of Ayyam Gallery’s stable of artists has been shown in the Kingdom. Representing several generations of painters and photographers from across the region, this forthcoming group show will highlight the myriad ways that today’s painters and photographers are exploring the intricacies of modern life through such themes as the impact of globalisation, the presence of militarised conflicts, and the oversaturation of media that has redefined our everyday existence. Other points of departure include explorations of form, such as visceral uses of colour, symphonic brushwork, and ethereal compositions, as springboards for sensory associations.

Opening Reception: Monday, 5 May from 7-9PM

Duration: 5 May – 13 June, 2014


Dar Al Funoon

6th Affordable Art Show

Dar Al Funoon
Dar Al Funoon

Occasion: Dar Al Funoon cordially invites you to its 6th Affordable Art Show. The show will feature a rich variety of styles ranging from works on paper, limited editions and originals by local and international young, emerging and established artists. Artists include: Dia Azzawi, Hussein Madi, Rashid Diab, Jamal Abdul Rahim, Hamza Bounoua, Dominik Jasinski, Shohei Takasaki, F160, Brock Jones and Ayah Khair.

Opening Reception: Tuesday May 6th, 2014 from 7 – 9 pm

Duration: May 6 – May 8

LocationDar Al Funoon, Kuwait.

Orient Gallery

Jamal Abdel Raheem “Inspirations of Suma”

Artwork by Jamal Abdul Raheem. Courtesy to Orient Gallery
Artwork by Jamal Abdul Raheem. Courtesy to Orient Gallery

Occasion: Orient Gallery (Jordan) invites you to solo exhibition by Bahraini artist Jamal Abdel Raheem “Inspirations of Suma”. He is one of Bahrain’s most established and highly regarded contemporary artists, exhibiting his work in Europe and the Middle East. The award-winning artist builds his art from the movement of society deeply rooted in rich Arab civilization and heritage.

Although he is known as a printmaker and painter, he has become an avid sculpting fan. In the world of print he discovered from an early age that printing and etching were what he wanted to do most as it is an endless adventure. He has already spent almost 25 years exploring the field of printing and he is willing to spend the rest of his life doing so.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 6th from 6 – 9 PM

Duration: May 6 – May 29

Location: Orient Gallery, Amman


Boushahri Art Gallery, Kuwait

Sinan Hussein Exhibition Opening May 6


Courtesy to Boushahri Art Gallery


392 RMEIL 393 Gallery

Omar Ibrahim Falling Dreams


Artwork by Omar Ibrahim, Courtesy 392 RMEIL 393 Gallery.
Artwork by Omar Ibrahim, Courtesy 392 RMEIL 393 Gallery.

OccasionYour are the most welcome to the opening of Mr. Omar Ibrahim exhibition “Falling Dreams” at ”392RMEIL393” gallery. For this exhibition, Ibrahim has used horses to represent everyday people searching for an escape. The wildness of the animals suggests the freedom with which people create dreams for their own lives, while their bondage reflects the ways in which those aspirations are frustrated or destroyed by circumstance. But though his horses are tied and entangled, falling through space – still they are resisting. In the background, cities and trees recall the scenery of the artist’s life in Syria.

Opening ReceptionMay 8 , 2014 at 6 PM

Duration: May 8 – May 25, 2014

Location392 RMEIL 393 gallery, Gemmayze, Beirut


Ayesha Sultana Outside the Field of View

Artwork Ayesha Sultana. Courtesy to Experimenter Gallery
Artwork Ayesha Sultana. Courtesy to Experimenter Gallery


Occasion: Rooted in process and the act of making, Ayesha Sultana’s first solo, Outside the Field of View opening at Experimenter, provides an insight into her ongoing investigation of drawing, of seeing space in continuum, of exploring gaps in visual memory and of looking at the periphery and what is overlooked in plain sight.

In a constantly evolving process, Sultana’s work cannot be identified as belonging to a single artistic tendency. She concurrently works in different mediums and techniques, but with a specific interest in the features of materials she uses in the act of making. This leads to other ways of looking and engaging, in the relevance of formal properties of various materials and the depth of meaning of the medium itself. Having discarded the narrative, she often uses drawing as a verb, of ‘doing’ whether by cutting, folding, piercing, layering, recording, tracing, removing, scratching and so on. A pair of works in the exhibition, made by photocopying for instance, is an extension of that process of investigation, taking its initial source from photography, and later enlarging and creating multiple copies of the same.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 9, 6 – 8 pm

Duration: 9 May – 26 June

Location: EXPERIMENTER, India.


AP Contemporary, Hong Kong


Opening May 9

Courtesy to AP Contemporary




Aaran Gallery, Tehran

Siamak Filizadeh Underground Opening May 9th

Without A Shroud-  C Print on canvas 130x130 cm. Courtesy to Aaran Art Gallery



Green Art Gallery, Dubai

Jaber Al Azmeh The Resurrection

Artwork by Jaber Al Azmeh. Courtesy to Green Art Gallery


Occasion: Green Art Gallery invites you to solo exhibition by Syrian artist Jaber Al Azmeh.

Opening Reception: Saturday 10 May, 5 – 8 pm

Duration: 10 May  – 26 June 2014

LocationGreen Art Gallery, Dubai.



Meem Gallery, Dubai

Kamal Boullata Exhibition Opening May 12

Courtesy to Meem Gallery


The Mosaic Rooms and ARIA, London

 INTERVENING SPACE: From the Intimate to the World 

Opening May 15 






Joanna Seikaly Art Gallery



Artwork by Michel Ayoub Courtesy to Joanna Seikaly
Artwork by Michel Ayoub Courtesy to Joanna Seikaly


Occasion: Joanna Seikaly Art Gallery invites you to Lebanese artist Michel Ayoub solo exhibition “OF MEN AND MACHINES” an exhibition of sculptures and mixed media works inspired by the science of cybernetics.

Opening Reception: May 15, 6 – 8 pm

Duration: 15 May – 6 June

Location: Joanna Seikaly Art Gallery, Gemmayzeh, Beirut.


Al Baraka Ballroom, Kuwait

A Night of Dreams

One Day Event: May 16th

Courtesy to The Barak Ballroom


Reda Abd Elrahman’s Home Gallery, Cairo

One Day Event: 17th May 2014, 1.30pm – 4.00pm


Courtesy to Reda Abd Elrahman



Roskilde University, Denmark

Exhibition by Syrian artist Mazen al-Feel Opening May 20th, 2014


Courtesy to Roskilde University, Denmark



Gallery Ward, Dubai

Selections from the Contemporary Egyptian Art Scene Vol 2 Opening May 20th


Courtesy to Gallery Ward

FA Gallery, Kuwait

Exhibition by Ayyad Al.Nimer




Ayyam Gallery

Contemporary Uprising: Art from the Middle East 

Athier 'Man of War' 2013. Acrylic on canvas 190 x 175 cm. Courtesy to Ayyam Gallery.

Occasion: Ayyam Gallery is pleased to present Contemporary Uprising: Art from the Middle East, a collective exhibition of ten renowned artists from Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia at Nest Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland.

Curated by the founders of Ayyam Gallery, Khaled and Hisham Samawi, in collaboration with Stefania Nazzal, the works have been carefully chosen with the aim of introducing the Middle East’s vivid contemporary art scene to Switzerland. Politically-inspired and figural works abound in this generous, well-rounded selection, providing a detailed overview of the depth and breadth of subject matter, talent and techniques in the new wave of Contemporary Arab art presently produced throughout the Middle East and the Diaspora.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, 21 May from 6-8PM

Duration: 21-25 May, 2014

LocationNest Gallery, Geneva


Cuadro Art Gallery

The Road to Dialoro by Gary Komarin Opening May 21

Gary Komarin | Rue Madame In Red, Courtesy: Cuadro Art Gallery

Occasion: Cuadro Gallery opens a solo exhibition, The Road to Dialoro, unveiling a new body of works by American artist and winner of the Joan Mitchell Prize in painting, Gary Komarin.

Komarin shuns the traditional canvas applying a quick-drying concoction of thinned-out latex house paints to industrial canvas tarps and drop cloths. The quick drying materials are applied urgently, but in carefully chosen colors and meditated compositions. The resulting work mirrors a suspended tension between the spontaneous and deliberate.

Komarin began a four-decade career under the mentorship of neo-expressionism leader, Phillip Guston. Guston, a contemporary of Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock,

Opening Reception: May 21st, 2014 from 6 – 8 PM

Duration May 21st 2014 to June 19th 2014

Location: Cuadro Art Gallery, Dubai



Opening May 26, 2014

artwork by Nawar Haidar participating in Festival in Georgia. Courtesy of Artist.
artwork by Nawar Haidar participating in Festival in Georgia. Courtesy of Artist.


Occasion: Group exhibition of artists in Mtshketa House, Georgia featuring: Cindy Mersky from Canada, Natalya Zaloznaya from Belarus, Viktoriya Krupskaya from Belarus, Nataliya Syuzeva from Russia, Fawaz Arnaout from Syria and Nawar Haidar from Syria.

Duration: May 26 – June 2, 2014.



The Brick Lane Gallery

Art in Mind

Courtesy to The Brick Lane Gallery
Courtesy to The Brick Lane Gallery


Occasion: This exciting new exhibition offers an insight into best and brightest of modern art, with abstract forms, remembered figures, urban landscapes and colour explosions in an eclectic showcase of contemporary talent. ART IN MIND displays a broad collection of work in various media from acrylic and oil paintings, through to etchings and textiles pieces, stretching the imagination and encompassing most of the predominant themes in art today. We are proud to present a group of artists bringing creativity together from across the four corners of the globe… from Australia to Japan, Syria, Greece, Spain and Swtizerland back to London and Leicestershire.


Duration: 29th May – 8th June 2014

LocationThe Brick Lane Gallery, London. 

Mark Your Calendar for April

Mohammad Bozorgi 'Eagerness' 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 150 x 210 cm. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery

In addition to the monthly list, I will add “What’s On?!” a link to most active initiatives, hubs and museums across the Middle East & the world such as V&A, MoMA, ArtintheCity, AlSerkal Avenue, Ashkal Alwan and more! The list keeps updating throughout the month, so keep passing by to stay in touch with the latest! To check ongoing exhibitions from March, click here. If you have a non-profit or commercial gallery and like to be featured in upcoming lists, drop us an email.

What’s On?!

Alhondiga Cultural & Art Center: Eight masterpieces by Luchino Visconti

Alserkal Avenue: STEP CONFERENCE



Bayt Lothan: Classes | Exhibitions | Workshops

CAP Kuwait: The Hidden Light of Objects

DUCTAC: Luma – Art in Film

Guggenheim (NYC): Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video

Guggenheim (Bilbao – Spain): Ernesto Neto: The Body that Carries Me

Guggenheim (Venice): Themes & Variations: The Empire Of Light

Maraya Art Center: Encounter: Listening to the City

MoMA: Gauguin: Metamorphoses

Tate:  Richard Hamilton

TheJamJar: Paper Animation Workshop

Sharjah Art Foundation: Susan Hefuna: Another Place

V&A: William Kent Designing Georgian Britain

Whitney Museum: American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe


The Third Line, Dubai


Courtesy to The Third Line
Courtesy to The Third Line



Courtesy: The Third Line
Courtesy: The Third Line


Green Art Gallery, Dubai


Courtesy to Green Art Gallery
Zsolt Bodoni, Shadow Movements no. 8, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 185 cm Courtesy to Green Art Gallery


Occasion: Green Art Gallery is participating in ART BRUSSELS. Booth 3B – 17. Featuring: Nazgol Ansarinia, Kamrooz Aram, Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, Zsolt Bodoni and Seher Shah.

Duration: 25 – 27 April 2014



Ayyam Gallery

Jeddah: Mohammad Bozorgi Symphonic Meditations


Mohammad Bozorgi 'Eagerness' 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 150 x 210 cm. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery
Mohammad Bozorgi ‘Eagerness’ 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 150 x 210 cm. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery

Occasion: Ayyam Gallery Jeddah is pleased to invite you to the opening reception of ‘Symphonic Meditations’, Mohammad Bozorgi’s first solo exhibition in Saudi Arabia. In his latest paintings, Bozorgi utilizes a meditative process of repetition that grows into an optical expanse of depth and volume across the surface of the canvas. The artist’s painstakingly executed compositions teem with energy as Arabic or Farsi text explodes outward into a rhythmic infinity. Opening Reception: Tuesday, 1 April from 7-9PM. Duration: 1 April – 15 May Location:  AYYAM GALLERY, JEDDAH.


‘SYRIAN ART: of Today’

Courtesy to VC ART

Occasion: Group show in aid of Oxfam to support Syrian refugees. Featured artists: Fadi Al Hamwi, Tarek Butayhi, Mohamad Khayata, Thaer Maarouf & Ashraf Raheb. Live Performance by Jenny Bae: April 3rd, 2014 at 6PM. Opening Reception: April 1st, 2014 from 6PM – 9PM. Duration: April 2nd – 5th, 2014 LocationVC Art, London.

Ayyam Gallery

Beirut: Ginane Makki Bacho & Fathallah Zamroud Material Remains

Ginane Makki Bacho 'Burj el Murr' 2012-2013 Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery
Ginane Makki Bacho ‘Burj el Murr’ 2012-2013 Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery

Occasion: Ayyam Gallery Beirut is pleased to announce Material Remains, a joint exhibition of veteran painter and sculptor, Ginane Makki Bacho alongside newcomer Fathallah Zamroud. Featuring a twelve-part steel architectural installation amidst modern Impressionist style canvases, Material Remains displays each artist’s unique engagement with the brutal reality of war and their individual response to its aftermath. In Zamroud’s canvases, the thick and gestural application of paint gives way to a landscape representing the misery of Syrian refugee camps. For Makki Bacho, her installation takes as its focal point the iconic Burj El Murr, a concrete tower in downtown Beirut designed to be a state of the art trade centre, whose fate was to be a stronghold for sniper and militiamen during the civil wars. Opening Reception: April 3rd, 2014 from 6PM – 9PM. Duration: 3 April – May 31, 2014 LocationAyyam Gallery. Beirut.

Art Circle

Fatima Kawtharani’s Red Sunflowers

Fatima Kawthrani Courtesy to Art Circle
Fatima Kawthrani Courtesy to Art Circle

Occasion: Art Circle gallery cordially invites you to Red Sunflowers by FATIMA KAWTHARANI. Kawtharani’s work presents strong semiotics related to motherhood, childhood and the growing life, reccuring themes in Kawtharani’s practice. Elements of nature often characterize her paintings, as they are directly a reference to the topics she tackles. The sunflowers, the fish, the sky, water are a few of the elements reminescent of life and its evolution. Kawtharani brings to her paintings another dimension by sewing directly on the canvas. The colorful threads blend with the paint and highlight the depicted elements. The integration of fabric and embroidery has become the artist’s signature technique. Opening Reception: Thursday April 3 starting 7 pm. Duration: April 3 – May 3, 2014 Location: Art Circle. Beirut.

Dar Al Funoon

Reza Derakshani

Reza Derakshani, details from 'every blue day' painting. Courtesy: dar al funoon
Reza Derakshani, details from ‘every blue day’ painting. Courtesy: dar al funoon

Occasion: Dar Al Funoon cordially invites you to an exhibition of works by Reza Derakshani. Derakshani, who now lives between Dubai and Austin, Texas, is not only a painter, but also a vocalist, an instrumentalist, a composer and a performer. His works are featured in major private and public collections around the world and most recently, were acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 7th from 7 – 9 PM. Duration: April 7 – 21, 2014 LocationDar Al Funoon, Kuwait.

 Contemporary Art Platform

Mohammed Al Kouh’s Tomorrow’s Past


Courtesy to CAP Kuwait
Courtesy to CAP Kuwait

Occasion: My First Solo show / 30 Days 3 artists, is a project presenting young emerging Kuwaiti artists for their first solo exhibition at The Art Room gallery, one of Contemporary Art Platform’s exhibition spaces. This project gives an opportunity for 3 young artists every year to show their work for 10 days within a reflective artistic community supported by CAP Kuwait. The first artist in this project is Mohammed Al Kouh who uses an original approach towards taking his audience back to the time when stories were passed on between generations through hand colored black and white photographs. The exhibition titled “Tomorrow’s Past” serves as a catalyst to experiencing a specific Kuwaiti nostalgia to a past where this place was known as the pearl of the Gulf. Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 9th from 7 – 9 PM. Duration: April 10 – 19, 2014 LocationCAP Kuwait

Zara Gallery

Shereen Audi’s Born free

Shereen Audi artwork. Courtesy to the artist.
Shereen Audi artwork. Courtesy to the artist.

Occasion: Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Wijdan Ali, Shereen Audi’s new exhibition ‘Born free’ opens at the Zara Gallery Hyatt Amman on 9th April 2014. The exhibition is supported by QØDE ARTISTS AGENCY. Shereen Audi’s latest exhibition contorts angel’s wings, and sky-blue fairy tale colours into a narrative about the nature of modern freedom, the chains of control, and a world in which everyone can fly, but there is nowhere to escape to. Inspired by Jean-Jacques’s Rosseau’s reflection in a ‘Social Contract’, the work represents a sweetly poised brand of sedition; a comment on the faux world of comfort we have created, the fears and anxieties it has born, and the dreams we foster to keep us safe as children, surrounded by neatly plucked balloons. Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 9at 6:00pm. Duration: April 9 – 28, 2014 Location: Zara Gallery, Amman (Jordan).

Alexander Gray Associates

Heidi Bucher


Obermühle (tile floor), c.1980s, latex on textile. Courtesy: Alexander Gray Associates
Obermühle (tile floor), c.1980s, latex on textile. Courtesy: Alexander Gray Associates

Occasion: Alexander Gray Associates presents its inaugural exhibition of Heidi Bucher, featuring emblematic works from the 1980s and 1990s. Bucher (b.1926, Winterthur, Switzerland – d.1993, Brunnen, Switzerland) maintained an important, but overlooked practice dedicated to the exploration of materiality, space, and the body. The exhibition focuses on Bucher’s “skinnings,” the works for which the artist is most well-known. Studies of personal, cultural, and collective memory and experience, the “skinnings” examine architectural elements of historically and personally significant buildings. Having studied fashion, Bucher began her career creating body wrappings, body shells, and latex casts of clothing, exploring clothes as second skins that hid women both physically and psychologically. Bucher’s move towards architectural imprints, which began after returning to Switzerland from Los Angeles in the early 1970s, was an extension of her earlier clothes-based works and her investigation of the body in space. Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm  Duration: April 9 – May 18, 2014 Location: Alexander Gray Associates, New York

Top Destination: Behind Closed Doors | 50 Years of Printmaking


Firstly, Happy 2014! May it be a blessing year for all Al Mahha readers and their loved ones, and as great as 2013 was for this blog!

For January’s Top Destination selections I wanted to feature exhibitions and events that give respect to our motivations, I asked myself the first day of this year: I know what I want for 2014 but what is my motivation? Motivation to move forward, present the best and keep going regardless of day-day obstacles? What is my motivation in the lowest emotional state I might face this year? Or biggest challenge? If I say “it’s art!” you will think Oh! How romantic! But genuine art is my motivation; art that doesn’t only talk about political issues, war, religion… Sometime you need art as a reflector of your deepest personal thoughts and depicts yourself like a mirror. An art that rewards one’s efforts to add value to it especially in a region full of dramatic and drastic, predictable and unpredictable changes!

(Behind Closed Doors) a solo exhibition by Kuwaiti artists Hamad AlSaab & (Fifty Years of Printmaking) a retrospective by Albareh Art Gallery to honor Sudanese painter Mohammed Khalil holds in each exhibition a motivation. The first, gives a boost we all need to start off a new year, (Behind Closed Doors) depicts our state of mind that no one sees or know except us, psychologically digs deep into Five Stages of Grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance, and tackle them in a form of colorful art. AlSaab’s latest artworks in (Behind Closed Doors) cascades the importance of facing grief and lost of anything we are emotionally attached to, living it, let it all out of our system to be able to get back on right track and embrace new opportunities… It is true there are closed doors, but they direct us to the open ones if we just open our eyes. (Behind Closed Doors) is a motivation of strength and hope that is why it is a Top Destination for January.

(Fifty Years of Printmaking) is a different kind of motivation, as I said it is a retrospective for Sudanese prominent printmaker and artist Mohammed Khalil, for the role he played in print-making throughout the region, and an educator in prestigious universities such as Columbia and the Parsons School of Design at the New School. The artist has developed a grammar of his own, excavating surfaces of consciousness and presenting them as narrative sequences in snapshots that might be arranged differently each time we observe them. The forty years encompassed in this exhibition are by no means a composite whole more than they are the traces and coded signals of a fertile career, nowhere finished and still on the search for new groundbreaking paths. (Fifty Years of Printmaking) is a motivation of self-respect, unique and believing in your wildest dreams… A definite pick for January’s Top Destination that you don’t want to miss.

Ready for the journey?!


Destination One: Kuwait | Dar Al Funoon Gallery

Flight Date: January 13 – 16, 2013



Dar Al Funoon proudly presents Behind Closed Door a solo exhibition by Kuwaiti artist Hamad Al Saab. During the the 4 days show, viewers are invited to enter a journey that relates to many of us in the world of hidden secrets. And if you haven’t already been on this journey, then you will begin to understand that it’s not always what you see; because there is always more behind closed doors.

20% of the sold artwork amount will be used to purchase winter clothes and blankets to be sent to the children in Syria.
In addition, the exhibition will also be an opportunity to receive donations (no money is accepted) of winter clothes and blankets for the Syrian children through the Red Crescent

For further information about the show, click here.


About the Artist

Hamad Al Saab was born in 1972 and raised in Kuwait. Over the course of his education, he acquired a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and International Organization Behaviour from Washington DC in 1999.

Hamad is a Pop Artist who enjoys presenting the Arab culture and history through his contemporary vision. His first exhibition was in Kuwait in 2006, collaborating with other artists, presenting the first collection of the Arab celebrities that lead him to the international art journey and relationship with many international art appreciators.

Al Saab is a creative consultant in publishing, creative media industry, events, and interior design consultation reflecting his creative approach and know how to be implemented in his private and commercial projects.

For more information about Hamad AlSaab and to check his previous series, click here.

Destination Two: Bahrain | Albareh Art Gallery

Flight Date: January 19 – February 15, 2014



Albareh Art Gallery proudly presents “Fifty Years of Printmaking”, an exhibition by the prominent Sudanese painter Mohammed Omar Khalil, showcasing for the first time, a retrospective of his print-making work in etching, between the mid 1960s and the late 2000s.

The works, many of which had never been exhibited before, present us with an alternative reading of the painter’s entire career, not only as a traveler between cultures and epochs – as we had seen in his works about Florentine painter Paolo Ucello in the 2000s – but a re-interpreter of the meaning of visual culture in general: He attempts to re-locate sensorial experience elsewhere than with the pure colors that characterize the postmodern, hereby searching in the black, for a warmer place where his book of art and life meets the viewer.

Applying a traditional technique acquired from European print-makers from earlier centuries, Khalil’s etchings on black represent with vividness all his pictorial periods, from the early student days investigating modern art through his numerous travels, the experiments with abstract figures, and ultimately renditions of tributes to modern music and classical painting. Withdrawing from the visual field, the artist is opening the possibility of entering the world with an altogether different morphology, causing apparently unrelated elements to collide into each other and emerge as distinct syntactic compositions. A precise amalgamation between folkloric elements and handicraft, and the timeless quality of art history, give birth to composite worlds with life of their own.


About the Artist

Mohammed Omar Khalil is one of the distinguished artistic practitioners of the Middle East, having pioneered not only print-making but conceptual drawing and different styles in painting interweaving contemporary ideas with classical techniques and the use of ready-mades and crass-objects. Born in Burri, Sudan, in 1936, Mohammed Omar Khalil studied at the School of Fine and Applied Arts in Khartoum, Sudan, and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. Since 1967, he has lived and worked in New York. His work has been showcased in important venues all over the world, including the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, Kunsthalle Darmstadt in Germany, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, both in New York City.


Bon Voyage!


Mark Your Calendar for March

‘An Arabian Tragedy’ Acrylic Painting and Photography on Canvas Mounted on Wood and Framed, 128 x 179 cm. 2012.

I describe March as the ‘peak month’ in international & regional art scene. From New York to Dubai, this month is packed with exhibitions, fairs, talks, performances and more! Just to name a few: Art Dubai coming back strongly in Doha & Dubai, 17 selective USA-based galleries at Armory Show, Ayyam Gallery expanding beyond borders, Bahrain rocking it with Albareh’s ‘Preludes’ , CAP bringing two big abstract shows & more!

Green Art Gallery

Shadi Habib Allah

Shadi Habib Allah, Untitled, Single channel HDV, Video still, 2013. Courtesy: Green Art Gallery

What: After a successful year which included a solo at Art Statements, Art Basel 43, Shadi Habib Allah returns to Green Art Gallery for his first solo show at the gallery. Habib Allah’s practice, traverses installation, video and sculpture, in order to examine the structural and material operations of circulations of objects, people, histories and the economy.   His practice is not about the object or the artifact itself. It is about the reconstruction or subversion of existing objects, and in this way questions received ideas of use and value and the structures that hold them in place.

Opening Reception: March 18, 2013 from 6 – 9pm

Duration: 18 March – 5 May 2013

LocationGreen Art Gallery, Dubai.

ArtChowk the Gallery

As & When it happens

Courtesy: ArtChowk

What: Three young men with diverse concepts come together to present their work. And as it happens, though they have very strong individual voices their art has similarity in the execution itself. this is reflective of Pakistani art of the 21st century. One can see the direction of the contemporary art in Pakistan. Forceful, individualistic comments on social-political scenario of the country in very diverse mediums.

Opening Reception: Saturday 9th March, 2013, 5 – 8 pm

Duration: From 9th to 22nd March, 2013

LocationArtChowk The Gallery, Pakistan.

Art Lounge

Beyond the Wall

Courtesy: The Art Lounge

What: “Beyond the Wall” an Urban Contemporary Art Exhibition featuring the works of Tanc (France), Mark Jenkins (USA), Parole (Belgium), Zepha (France), L’Atlas (France), Obetre (Belgium), Reso (France), Siska (Lebanon), Prime (France), Phat2 (Lebanon).

Opening Reception: March 6,Wednesday 2013 6:30 p.m.

LocationThe Art Lounge, Beirut.

Sana Gallery

Carnival of Darawiches

Courtesy: Sana Gallery

What: “Carnaval of Darwiches,” Sana Gallery and the Middle East Institute present an extensive collection of contemporary art and masterpieces by a doyen of Lebanese artists, Raouf Rifai. Rifai’s Darwiches are an extensive body of work created by the artist over the past several years.

An Introduction to the artwork will be given jointly by Assaad W. Razzouk, founder of Sana Gallery and Mohamad Nazry Bin Bahrawi, research Associate from the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore on opening night at 7 PM at Sana Gallery.

Due to space constraints, registration is compulsory, click HERE to register or kindly RSVP to Athina Boardman, Commercial Director, Sana Gallery.

Opening Reception: Thursday 14 March from 7 to 9:30 pm

Duration: 14 March to 28 April 2013

LocationSana Gallery, Singapore.

Meem Gallery

Moving Forward By The Day

Courtesy to the artist Khaled Hafez

What: Egyptian painter Khaled Hafez explores the complex nature of the Egyptian identity in his first ever solo exhibition in the United Arab Emirates. Moving Forward By The Day opens at Meem Gallery in Dubai. The solo exhibition will comprise an equal mix of paintings and drawings, and will include some earlier painted works such as Tomb Sonata in Three Military Movements (2012). This show is the first solo exhibition for an Egyptian artist at Meem Gallery.

Opening Reception: Sunday, 17 March 2013 at  8 – 11 PM

Duration: March 17 –  2 May 2013.

LocationMeem Gallery, Dubai. 

Cuadro Art Gallery


Manal AlDowayan ‘Courage, 2013′ Courtesy: Cuadro Gallery

What: Cuadro Art Gallery presents 7 solo exhibitions by contemporary artists: Manal AlDowayan, Athier, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Nadine Kanso, Mohammed Kazem, Roberto Lopardo and Diego Pujal.

In ‘The State of Disappearance’ AlDowayan  explores the preservation of definitions through language and images, relying on Abu Mansour AlNaysaboury’s “Jurisprudence of a Language: The Secrets of Arabic,” and daily newspapers from Saudi Arabia.

‘The Birth & Destruction of an Eagle’ Athier revisits the pan-Arab symbol of the Eagle of Saladin, questioning its persistence and highlighting the power of semiotics to create a sense of unity.

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim uses unconventional found materials from his native Khorfakkan to create enigmatic sculptures of undefined forms. The sculptures reinforce his fascination with the prehistoric, in addition to shedding light on the contemporary disconnect from nature.

In ‘The Khaled Series’ Nadine Kanso portrait her late uncle. Rather than capturing his likeness, she presents his essence through his vast collection of vinyl records. Despite appearing detached in its formal, almost documentary nature, the indexing is an attempt to impose an ordered archive of her uncle’s records and, by extension, of his spirit.

Mohammed Kazem’s ‘Scratches’ series translates musical forms into the language of visual art, resembling the forms of minimalist music by relying on reductive elements in repeating formats.

The Mappings project engages artist Roberto Lopardo in an experience in which one image is taken every minute during 24 continuous hours, resulting in 1,440 images presented as a monolithic print.

Diego Pujal ‘Fabricated’ describe equally mysterious forms, foreign yet somehow also strangely familiar. “Res” carries multiple meanings; “thing” in Latin, the basis of the Argentinian artist’s Spanish language, “beef” in contemporary Spanish, while in Catalan, the language of his home in Barcelona, it carries no meaning at all.

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 18 at 6 PM

Location:  Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, DIFC, Dubai.

Art Dubai

Courtsay to: ArtDubai
Courtesy: ArtDubai

What: After a tremandous success for 6 years, Art Dubai returns in its’ 7th edition features a carefully selected, eclectic line-up of 75 galleries – from the world’s most established to upcoming artspaces, plus Marker, which in 2013 is dedicated to the arts scenes of West Africa. The fair’s extensive programme also includes commissioned projects and performances; artists’ and curators’ residencies; the unveiling of works by the winners of the annual Abraaj Group Art Prize; and the renowned Global Art Forum, featuring over 40 speakers and taking place in both Doha and Dubai. 2013 also sees the launch of Sculpture on the Beach, an exhibition of large-scale works, situated on the Mina A’Salam seafront.

When: March 21 – 23, 2013.

Location: Mina A’Salam, Dubai.

For more information on scheduale, please visit.

Ayyam Gallery

 “The Wrong Women” in (DIFC)

Afshin Pirhashemi 'The First Timer' Oil on Canvas, 100 x 150 cm. 2012.
Afshin Pirhashemi ‘The First Timer’ Oil on Canvas, 100 x 150 cm. 2012.

What:  “The Wrong Women”  a solo exhibition of Iranian artist Afshin Pirhashemi who’s paintings are dominated by female figures swathed in black, veiled and glamorously-attired. The women he depicts are far from submissive; they are independent, confident, and sexually aware, seemingly defying the conservative dress and values of Iranian society. With bold and often almost contemptuous gazes, they take ownership of their own bodies.

Opening Reception: Monday 11 March at 7 pm

Duration: From 11 March to 25 April.

LocationAyyam Gallery (DIFC), Dubai.

‘I Do Not Feel That I Am Free’ in London

Triptych: Indian Ink, Charcoal, Gel on Rice, Chinese & Printed Paper on Canvas, 120 x 420 cm. 2013

What: ‘I Do Not Feel Free’ a  solo exhibition by Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji  features new works including paintings, drawings and the video installation Godot to Come Yesterday (2013). Alfraji confronts the viewer with solitary figures depicted in profile and set against stark backgrounds. These simple forms possess a quiet sadness and sense of isolation; through them, he is able to undergo a cathartic process and address his own displacement from his native Iraq.

Opening Reception: Thursday March 14 at 6pm.

Duration:  from 14 March – 27 April 2013.

Location: Ayyam Gallery London.

‘Popcornographic’ in Al Qouz

‘An Arabian Tragedy’ Acrylic Painting and Photography on Canvas Mounted on Wood and Framed, 128 x 179 cm. 2012.
‘An Arabian Tragedy’ Acrylic Painting and Photography on Canvas Mounted on Wood and Framed, 128 x 179 cm. 2012.

What:  ‘Popcornographic’ is a solo exhibition by  Kuwaiti artist Shurooq Amin a new series of 15 paintings all of which challenge conventional perceptions of what it is to be a woman and a Muslim in 21st-Century Kuwait. Amin marries two aesthetics throughout this body of work. There is flesh on show suggesting freedom, but mouths are also gagged, alluding to oppression and a lack of freedom of speech. Sex and religious fervour also repeatedly collide and Amin precisely entwines them to comment on political and social conventions.

Alongside the exhibition Ahmad Morshedloo will present an ambitious interactive octagonal installation commissioned by The Samawi Collection, which presents the viewer with drawings showing a split view of a crowd of people, dividing heads and torsos from legs and feet. Separating these two layers is a mirrored section running the length of the drawings, reflecting the viewer’s own body and thereby absorbing them into the fragmented composition.

Opening Reception: Monday, March 18 at 7pm.

Duration:  18 March – 4 April 2013.

Location: Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz, AlSerkal Avenue, Dubai.

Contemporary Art Platform


Courtesy: Contemporary Art Platform
Courtesy: Contemporary Art Platform

What: A phenomenal exhibition salutes the contributions of over 80 poineer abstract artists from the Middle East born between 1910 and 1960. ‘Tajreed (Abstract)’ is an oppertunity for new generations of artists and art lovers to explore achievements of established artists whom influence not only the regional but also international art scene for decades.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 27 at 7 PM

Duration: March 27 – May 27, 2013.

Location: Contemporary Art Platform CAP, Kuwait.


Courtesy: Contemporary Art Platform

WhatContemporary Art Platform (CAP) in collaboration with Dar Al Funoon present (Madi – The Abstract Work from 1963 – 2013) a retrospective exhibition to honor Madi history & achievements, highlighting the beautiful philosophic abstract contributions linked to his intellectual backgrounds & infinite desire to analyze, dismantle & assemble. This exhibition is an opportunity to stand in front Madi’s outstanding ability in abstract creations in more than 5 decades.

Opening Reception: Wedensday, March 6 at 7 pm

Duration: March 6 – April 6, 2013.

Location: CAP Wharehouse, Kuwait.

Galerie Polaris


Atelier van Lunen Février 2013
Atelier van Lunen Février. Courtesy: Galerie Polaris

What: ‘Wicked’ is a solo show by Clemence van Lunen presenting a body of work reveals the immense pleasure she experiences when modelling clay into voluptuous shapes, and the power of the irony which reside in  her works.

DurationMarch 2 – April 6.

Location: Galerie Polaris, Paris.

Galerie Janine Rubeiz


Mazen Kerbaj
Mazen Kerbaj. Courtesy: Galerie Ginane Rubeiz

What: Solo exhibition by Mazen Kerbaj featuring his latest paintings, photographs, prints, machines… etc. The exhibition is a portrait of the artist at the precise moment in time and would be quite different had it occured earlier.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 6 2013 at 6 pm.

Duration:  March 6 – March 27, 2013.

LocationGalerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut.

Leila Heller

The Space Between

Artwork by Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Courtsay: Leila Heller
Artwork by Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Courtesy: Leila Heller

What:  Mana Contemporary, the Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA) in collaboration with Leila Heller Gallery will show works by prominent Iranian and Arab artists that explore not the binaries and stereotypes of the Middle East, but rather the space between. Having undergone geographical relocation and exile, these artists inhabit an ambiguous and contested space, situated within a contemporary landscape permeated by cultural and historical legacies.  The exhibit will feature work by Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Hadieh Shafie, Roya Akhavan, Ayad Alkadhi, Youssef Nabil, and Dena Al-Adeeb.

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 3, 1-5 PM

Duration: March 3- May 5, 2013

Location: MECA, New York.

Wendi Norris

The Armory Show: Centennial Edition

Chitra Ganesh 'She the Question Fingers and Branches'
Chitra Ganesh ‘She the Question Fingers and Branches’ Couresy: Wendi Norris

What: Wendi Norris art gallery is one of 17 American galleries selected  to participate in the The Armory Show, Centennial Edition  in New York. Working with Eric Shiner, Director of the Warhol Museum and Curator for this special exhibition, we will feature a booth that spans six decades by American artists Dorothea Tanning and Chitra Ganesh. The work presented collectively examines the female psyche, ranging from the domestic references of Dorothea Tanning’s soft sculptures from the 1970s to Chitra Ganesh’s mixed media drawings of luscious super-heroines.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Duration: March 7 – 10, 2013

Location: The Armyory Show, New York. 

Gallery Tilal

Kiss & Cut

Artwork by Ghada AlKandiri. Courtesy: Gallery Tilal
Artwork by Ghada AlKandiri. Courtesy: Gallery Tilal

What: ‘Kiss & Cut’ is a solo exhibition by Kuwaiti artist Ghada AlKandiri considered a journal-based bipolar collection of works created over the period of eight weeks, spanning early December 2012 to Mid-February 2013. As is with many of my works, this series is highly inspired by spella of emotional turmoil. It is an attempt to examine what goes on in our internal organs, what allows us to hurt so much, yet function normally on a daily basis.

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 3 at 3 PM

Duration: March 3 – 14, 2013

Location: Gallery Tilal, Kuwait.

Orient Gallery


Artwork by: Hilda Hiary. Courtesy: Orient Gallery.
Artwork by: Hilda Hiary. Courtesy: Orient Gallery.

What: ‘2Thousand12′ is a solo exhibition by Jordanian artist Hilda Hiary presenting a body of new works influenced by events & news happening through the year 2012.. some shocking, devastating and radical changes transformed the figure of the entire Middle East and the World.

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 3 at 6 PM

Duration: March 3 – 31st, 2013.

Location: Orient Gallery, Amman. 

Albareh Art Gallery


Courtesy: Albareh Art Gallery
Courtesy: Albareh Art Gallery

What: Albareh Art Gallery presented a series of exhibitions under the umbrella of ‘Preludes’ during the entire month of March. Curated by Mo Reda, each of the preludes gives a hint on what Bahrain-based artists have to offer for the future.  Artists participating are: Linda Mattar, Kady Mattar, Jehan Saleh & Mohsin Al-Mubarek. For full scheduale, click here.

Duration: March 3 – 24, 2013.

Location: Albareh Art Gallery, Bahrain.

FA Gallery

Abdel Moein Saleh

Courtesy: FA Gallery
Courtesy: FA Gallery

What: A solo exhibition for artist Abdel Moein Saleh featuring latest sculptures and bronze.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9 at 7 PM.

Duration: March 9 – 17, 2013.

Location: FA Gallery, Kuwait.

Joanna Seikly Art Gallery

This is Not Politics!

Artwork by: Samer Saem Eldahr. Courtesy: Joanna Seikly Art Gallery.
Artwork by: Samer Saem Eldahr. Courtesy: Joanna Seikly Art Gallery.

What: ‘It’s Not Politics!” a solo exhibition by Syrian artist Samer Saem Eldahr, currently living in Beirut – Lebanon, he’s an abstract expressionist known for his colorful, bold figures.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 PM

Duration: March 6 – 29, 2013.

Location: Joanna Seikly Art Gallery, Beirut.

The Ara Gallery

The Dara Chronicles

Artwork by: Maisoon Al Saleh. Courtesy: The Ara Gallery
Artwork by: Maisoon Al Saleh. Courtesy: The Ara Gallery

What: Maisoon Al Saleh presents a new & innovative solo exhibition ‘The Dara Choronicles” paying tribute to the MV Dara ship wreck.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 12 at 7 PM.

Duration: March 12 – 31, 2013.

Location: The Ara Gallery, Dubai.


Still Running

‘Profile Portrays’ solo by Mohannad Orabi at Ayyam Gallery Jeddah.

‘The Seat of Perception’ solo by Walid Al Masri at Ayyam Gallery Beirut.

‘Trans-location’ solo by Driss Ouadahi at Hosfelt Gallery San Francisco.

‘Collective Exhibition’  at  Hamazkayin Art Gallery Beirut.

’Paper’ collective exhibition at XVA Dubai.

 ’Sweet Melancholy’ solo by Suhair Sibai at Lahad Gallery London.

‘King Gives Us Soldiers’ solo by ZSOLT BODONI Green Art Gallery Dubai.