If art is on your mind then there is a lot to explore in the coming days.
All roads in these beautiful winter months lead to art exhibitions, whether in galleries, hotels or the ongoing Expo 2020 Dubai. We give you a quick overview of what’s going on where you can plan your arty evenings.
Laugh to escape the sadness
We all know Pinocchio, the character who shaped our childhood and formed the basis of our first lesson in 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 last Wednesday, and Antonio’s work makes us realize that those who know how to play live better, those who know how to laugh escape sadness, those who imagine live twice. : a normal life like any other 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 ignite different effects on a canvas to make them appear in three dimensions and “like a sculpture”. For Antonio, Pinocchio only tells the truth and never lies, like everyone else. He sees the human in history.
At: Oblong Contemporary Gallery, Dubai; until January 31, 2022
Cinematic history and beyond
Masterpiece’s Gallery Three has opened its doors to an extraordinary exhibition of images of Hollywood stars, alongside works featuring iconic scenes from fashion and history. Entitled The Silver Screen and Beyond, it features images from legends including Al Pacino, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and more, captured over decades by fashion and film photographers like Terry. O’Neill and Markus Klinko. Connoisseurs of history can revel in the iconic works of George Rodger, the famous war photojournalist. Alex Cousens, Executive Gallery Director at Masterpiece Fine Art, said: “This is the perfect exhibit for us to launch gallery three, giving us the opportunity to bring these iconic photographs to the Middle East. “
At: Masterpiece Fine Art, Wafi City, Dubai; until January 31, 2022
Dubai Skyline as NFT
The work of German artist Tina Reichel has been presented at the ongoing Expo 2020 Dubai. His painting, Dubai Skyline, was converted to NFT (Non-Fungible Tokens) for the first time on the occasion of the UAE’s 50th anniversary earlier this month. To this end, Reichel digitized his artwork and then transferred it to 50 individual virtual artwork, i.e. NFTs. She found inspiration for her large-scale painting, which depicts the architecture of the Dubai skyline in vivid fluorescent colors, during a trip to the still-young global metropolis. “Dubai is making history right now and has long been a serious place for contemporary art,” said Reichel.
The world’s largest mobile work of art
German painter Leon Löwentraut is in town to present Global Gate, the world’s largest transportable work of art, in front of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. The work 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 showcases his 17 designs from the # Art4GlobalGoals campaign; Undoubtedly based on the Brandenburg Gate in its construction, the work is 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 work 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