Dubai’s beloved arts and culture hub, Alserkal Avenue at Al Quoz, has come through with an exciting new program for us to feast on – in a socially distanced fashion, of course. The fresh season comes as veritable music to our (experientially starved) ears as the weather starts to get kinder, and therefore more conducive to meandering and enjoying gallery and cafe crawls, which is what Alserkal offers up so well.
The new program kicked off this weekend with a series called the Alserkal Lates meaning galleries will now be open from 10am to 10pm, inviting visitors to take their time and savor the offerings morning, noon or night.
Galleries participating in this new season include Lawrie Shabibi, Grey Noise, Zawyeh Gallery, Green Art Gallery, 1×1 Art Gallery, Gulf Photo Plus, Ishara Art Foundation, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, SVENM, Showcase, Ayyam Gallery, CHI-KA, Carbon 12, and Elmarsa Gallery, among others.
One not to be missed in particular is an Alserkal Arts Foundation special exhibition dubbed, New Waves: Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School Archives. Curated by Morad Montazami and Madeleine de Colnet, the exhibition tells of the famed Casablanca Art School. It retraces Melehi’s acclaimed and significant career in postcolonial Moroccan art and of transnational modernism chronologically – from the 1950s to the 1980s – and also showcases some key pieces from the artists contemporary outings.
Vilma Jurkute, Director of Alserkal, commented on the exhibition, “Alserkal Arts Foundation is honored to present this major survey of Melehi’s work, and the Casablanca Art School. We hope that the extensive documentation of his work will initiate new research and further historical discourse beyond regional geographies, resonating with our academic communities here.”
The show is open now and will run until Saturday October 10 from 10am to 7pm in Concrete. Note: it will be closed every Friday.
Alserkal Avenue is also sensitive to art lovers who are not quite ready to view exhibitions in public spaces in person just yet considering the ongoing pandemic, therefore it is offering a great program of content available on its website and Instagram feed such as exclusive artist interviews and other virtual experiences.
For more information on the new season and Alserkal Lates visit alserkalavenue.ae