Dubai: the latest art exhibitions not to be missed – News

If art is on your mind, then there’s plenty to explore in the coming days.

Published: Fri 17 Dec 2021, 04:02

All roads in these beautiful winter months lead to the presentation of art exhibitions, whether in galleries, hotels or the ongoing Expo 2020 Dubai. We’ll give you a quick overview of what’s going on where so you can plan your arty evenings.

Laugh to escape sadness

We all know Pinocchio, the character who shaped our childhood and formed the basis of our first lesson on lying; a moral story that we remember fondly. In 2002, the Italian artist Antonio Nocera illustrated the book The Adventures of Pinocchio. The same year, he inaugurated the Pinocchio and the Moon exhibition at the Paris City Hall. The nostalgic exhibition, The Adventures of Pinocchio, opened its doors last Wednesday, and Antonio’s work makes us realize that he who knows how to play lives better, he who knows how to laugh escapes sadness, he who imagines living twice : a normal life like all the others and a life made up of dreams and fantasy. From sand to sawdust, from glass to canapa, he experiments with a wide range of materials to trigger different effects on a canvas to make them appear three-dimensional and “sculptural”. For Antonio, Pinocchio only tells the truth and never lies, like everyone else. He sees the human in the story.

To: Oblong Contemporary Gallery, Dubai; until January 31, 2022

The history of cinema and beyond

Masterpiece’s Gallery Three opened its doors to an extraordinary exhibition of images of Hollywood stars, alongside works depicting iconic scenes from fashion and history. Titled The Silver Screen and Beyond, it features images of legends including Al Pacino, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and many more, captured over the decades by fashion and film photographers like Terry O’Neill and Markus Klinko. History buffs can revel in the iconic works of George Rodger, the famous wartime photojournalist. Alex Cousens, Executive Gallery Director at Masterpiece Fine Art, said: “This is the perfect exhibition to launch Gallery 3, which gives us the opportunity to bring these iconic photographs to the Middle East.

To: Masterpiece Fine Art, Wafi City, Dubai; until Jan 31, 2022

Dubai Skyline as NFT

The work of German artist Tina Reichel has been featured at the ongoing Expo 2020 Dubai. His painting, Dubai Skyline, was converted into NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) for the first time on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates earlier this month. To this end, Reichel digitized his artwork and then transferred it into 50 individual virtual artworks, i.e. NFTs. She found inspiration for her large-scale painting, which depicts the architecture of Dubai’s skyline in bright fluorescent colors, during a trip to the still quite young global metropolis. “Dubai is making history right now and has long been a serious place for contemporary art,” Reichel said.


The largest moving work of art in the world

German painter Leon Löwentraut is in town to showcase Global Gate, the world’s largest transportable work of art, in front of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. The artwork is based on the thematic orientation of Expo 2020 Dubai and is titled Sustainability Show in the Desert. Designed by 23-year-old Löwentraut, it features his 17 designs from the #Art4GlobalGoals campaign; Undoubtedly based on the Brandenburg Gate in its construction, the work measures 24 meters wide, 21 meters high and six meters deep. Its five passages invite visitors on a path of transformation: on each of the 10 interior walls, the content of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is explained in 12 different languages. Löwentraut said: “Being able to exhibit my works here in Dubai means a lot to me. The city inspires me to think big. I like it.” The project was launched the first week of December in association between EMAAR Properties, YOU Foundation, Marcus Schäfer, Oliver Duys and other partners. In the spirit of sustainability, the entire material of the artwork is 100% recyclable and the paints used are environmentally friendly.

At: Downtown Dubai, until March 2022

William E. Bennett