Exhibitions September
Top 10 Exhibitions in September 2023
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If you are a passionate art lover or an ardent gallery or museum frequenter, this month will certainly bring you some incredible options to spend your free time. As usual, we have handpicked ten exhibitions for you which are taking place in September.

1. Returning to a Present at ATHR

The ATHR gallery in Al-Jadida, AlUla, is currently hosting Returning to a Present, a group exhibition that will run through 30 September 2023. It features such Saudi artists as Sarah Abu Abdullah, Ahaad Alamoudi, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Sultan bin Fahad, Ibrahim Romman, and Muhannad Shono. In their artworks on view, the participants explore the interplay between tradition and transformation in contemporary Saudi Arabia.

Sarah Abu Abdallah, Multitude, 2022. Mixed Media on Canvas. 500 × 170 cm.

2. The Bloom Room by Melis Buyruk

Today is the last day of The Bloom Room, Turkish artist Melis Buyruk’s solo exhibition. Being held at the Leila Heller Gallery, it showcases her exquisite works made of porcelain in which botanical patterns and animalistic elements are merged. In her art, Buyruk delves into our relationships with nature.

3. In the Heart of Another Country at SAF

Until 24 September 2023, one is invited to attend the group exhibition called In the Heart of Another Country which is dedicated to the exploration of the concept of home, longing, and belonging. Staged in the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF), it displays more than 150 art pieces from the SAF Collection. These works made by over 60 artists span from 1935 to the present. Both artworks and their creators are united by Sharjah, an emirate that has always been a site of encounter and exchange amongst artists.

Etel Adnan, Mount Tamalpaïs, 2015. Wool tapestry. 212 x 170 cm.
Commissioned by SAF. SAF Collection. Photo: Danko Stjepanovic.

4. The Storyteller at the Leila Heller Gallery

This group exhibition at the Leila Heller Gallery brings together 21 contemporary artists: Wim Delvoye, Azza Al Qubaisi, Zeinab Alhashemi, Melis Buyruk, Parinaz Eleish Gharagozlou, Nathaniel Aric Galka, Behrang Samadzadegan (the show’s curator), and others. The show ends today, 1 September 2023. Focusing on contextual and situational realities, the participating artists aim to convey the power of storytelling. They seek to intensify the empathic perception of intimacy, fragility, and micro-history.

5. Empty Spaces at ArtBooth

The ArtBooth gallery is holding Empty Spaces, a group show featuring three artists: Taher Rouzmahsali, Hamidreza Emami, and Azza Alquabaisi. It examines the ties between the simplicity of the old cities and the complexity of the future ones. It also highlights how humans interact with their current environment. The exhibition will be open to the public until 5 September 2023.

Taher Rouzmahsali, Untitled, 2018. Acrylic on Canvas. 150 x 200 cm.

6. Le Village des Animaux by Zaahirah Muthy

Mauritian artist Zaahirah Muthy presents her solo exhibition titled Le Village des Animaux (The Village of Animals), which is being housed by the Park Hyatt Hotel, Abu Dhabi. On display are her art pieces depicting different animals, their habitats, and the connections they have with the world of nature. The artist hopes that the exhibited works will inspire the audience “to take action in preserving and safeguarding our planet’s wildlife”. The show will end on 30 September 2023.

7. DIFC Sculpture Park: Tales Under the Gate

For the 2nd time, DIFC Sculpture Park has been transformed into an open-air art gallery. The theme of this year’s edition is Tales Under the Gate. One has the opportunity to have a look at more than 70 sculptures and artworks that represent various art styles and are created by artists from across the globe. Among the artists displaying their works are Natalie Clark, Lorenzo Quinn, Anthony James, Jeff Koons, Adonai Sebhatu, and many others. Art pieces from well-established galleries and emerging artists are also displayed. The park will be open to the public until 30 September 2023.

Unwind by Richard Hudson. The DIFC Sculpture Park, 2023. Photo: Khushnum Bhandari / The National.

8. From the Ground Up at GALLERIA CONTINUA

Until 10 September 2023, GALLERIA CONTINUA in Dubai is hosting From the Ground Up, a group exhibition featuring nine artists: Loris Cecchini, Marta Spagnoli, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Alejandro Campins, José Yaque, Sislej Xhafa, JR, Daniel Buren, and Moataz Nasr. The show celebrates the heritage of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel and responds to the context of its interior designs. The artworks on view are connected with the theme of earth, one of the four elements that form the hotel’s visual aesthetics.

From the Ground Up (installation view). GALLERIA CONTINUA, Dubai, 2023. Photo: Ismail Noor / Seeing Things.

9. Artist’s Garden: Samur by Zheng Bo

The latest edition of the Artist’s Garden of the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, includes the work by Chinese artist Zheng Bo. His performance Samur is presented as a film installation and will be displayed until December 1, 2024. In this work inspired by Samur (the Umbrella Thorn Acacia), the artist celebrates this tree’s perseverance, strength, and beauty.

10. Assadour: Etchings at Meem Gallery

Meem Gallery is currently showcasing the artworks by Lebanese-Armenian artist Assadour Bezdikian. This exhibition featuring his fifteen etchings pays tribute to his notable career in printmaking and engraving. In his works, Assadour reflects on his heritage and addresses the themes of identity, memory, loss, alienation, and the human experience. The show will last until 9 September 2023.