Planning to spend another weekend or a day off enjoying some great art? To make it easier for you to decide where to go this month, we have prepared a list of the top 10 art exhibitions which take place in November and are worth visiting.
1. Van Gogh X Japan
The Theater of Digital Art in Dubai is holding Van Gogh x Japan, a digital exhibition displaying the paintings by this renowned artist. It tells about the influence that Japanese art (the Ukiyo-e style, in particular) had on his art. One has the opportunity to visit the show until 12 November 2023.
2. Louvre Abu Dhabi: Picturing the Cosmos
Louvre Abu Dhabi presents Picturing the Cosmos, an immersive exhibition for children which takes cues from the human fascination of space. Until June 2025, young adventure seekers will be able to explore the cosmos through its representations in art from different periods and cultures.
3. A 60-Year Retrospective by Jehangir Vazifdar
Leila Heller Gallery invites you to visit A 60-Year Retrospective, a solo show of Indian modern artist Jehangir Vazifdar (1920-2011). Although he is mostly known for his architectural contributions to Mumbai, his true passion was art. However, refusing to commercialise his art, he kept his oil paintings hidden for a long period. Until 14 November 2023, the show gives one the unique opportunity to admire them.
4. Inked In Time
Custot Gallery Dubai invites everyone to visit Inked In Time, a group show featuring six artists (Fernando Botero, Richard Höglund, Marc Quinn, Pablo Reinoso, Bernar Venet, and Fabienne Verdier). The exhibition is a survey on the usage of ink: it showcases exclusively artworks on paper (watercolours, drawings, and prints). The show will end on 26 November 2023.
5. Woodcut Prints, 1981 to 1987 by Farideh Lashai
Leila Heller Gallery is hosting Farideh Lashai’s solo exhibition titled Between the Flower and the Mountain: Woodcut Prints and Darbandsar Mountains, 1981-1987. It allows one to examine the artistic journey of the Iranian artist famous for her abstract paintings. The show will be on view until 14 November 2023.
6. Rooted in Drawing by Elizabeth Dorazio
Rooted in Drawing is UAE-based artist Elizabeth Dorazio’s solo show on view at XVA Gallery. The artist displays her new artworks from the I Went on a Trip series comprising handmade woollen tapestries based on original wooden collages. The exhibition will be on display until 30 November 2023.
7. Ways of Seeing by Jamal Tayara-Baroudy
Tashkeel is currently staging Ways of Seeing, a solo exhibition by Lebanese artist Jamal Tayara-Baroudy. It delves into the connections between human experience, geography, and memory. Through this show, Tayara-Baroudy aims to raise awareness about the importance of plants as a natural, sustainable resource. One will be able to look at her artwork until 28 November 2023.
8. From the Ground Up II
Arranged by Galleria Continua, this exhibition is the 2nd edition of the group show titled From the Ground Up. It continues the series of exhibits celebrating the heritage of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and providing a contemporary response to the context of this iconic hotel’s interior designs. From the Ground Up II presents nine artists: Daniel Buren, Alejandro Campins, Loris Cecchini, Nikhil Chopra, JR, Moataz Nasr, Pascale Marthine Tayou, José Yaque, and Sislej Xhafa. It will end on 12 November 2023.
9. MetaWhat? by the Media Majlis
Media Majlis (Northwestern University, Qatar) is holding MetaWhat?, an exhibition which examines how the metaverse is shaping and changing the way we communicate. The show reveals a deeper understanding of what is (and could be) the new generation of media and entertainment. One is welcome to attend MetaWhat? until 7 December 2023.
10. M7: Crafting Spaces
The M7 art hub (Doha, Qatar) is currently housing Crafting Spaces, an exhibition that brings together seven designers: Abdulrahman Al Muftah, Aisha Al Suwaidi, Booabbood, Shaikha Al Sulaiti, Thomas Modeen, FROMM x Shua’a Ali, and Wadha Al Hajri. On view are their creations, furniture pieces, in which function and aesthetics perfectly blend with matter and connection. The show will end on 9 December 2023.
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