Alserkal Avenue - Dubai
Alserkal is one of my favorite locations in Dubai.
Smack in the middle of an old industrial area, it has a super cool artistic vibe, and is always buzzing with interesting and alternative cultural events.
The contrast of the actual physical structures and location, with its warehouses and industrial buildings, and the indoor settings of the upscale galleries and art foundations is superb and cool at the same time.
A contrast I previously reserved to the meat packing district of lower Manhattan, it is a pleasure to walk around Alserkal, enjoying these contradictory juxtapositions, and hopping in and out of its many fabulous galleries and eateries.
Concrete is my new preferred artistic establishment; it is sure to wow you with its magnificent architecture, and its bold structure and size. Their opening exhibition was Syria:Into the Light, curated by non-other than Mouna Atassi of the Atassi foundation The exhibition featured works by four generations of Syria’s best modern and contemporary artists. Great art indeed!
Leila Heller gallery is a must see as well! March was showing works by Rashid Rana, Bill Viola, Tony Cragg, and Shiva Ahmadi.