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Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Showcases First Ever Emirati Art Exhibition in International Healthcare Setting in the United States

'Three Generations' Cleveland Clinic 4th Dec 2013

Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, hosts ‘Three Generations’ Exhibition by Artists from the United Arab Emirates under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: In partnership with Cleveland Clinic in the United States, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) inaugurated ‘Three Generations,’ the first-ever group exhibition of United Arab Emirates contemporary art in a healthcare setting on 2nd December 2013, which marks the 42nd National Day of UAE. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative of the Western Region, the arts will be exhibited until March 31, 2014 in Cleveland Clinic’s Art Exhibition Area, Ohio, USA. 

Curated by ADMAF together with Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine Institute (AMI) and supported by Mubadala Healthcare’s Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, the exhibition supports an on-going commitment to cultural diplomacy. To enrich society and enhance cultural immersion across borders, the exhibition at Cleveland Clinic features the works of 16 emerging and established Emirati artists It illustrates the importance of art and creativity in the UAE 

The joint efforts of ADMAF and AMI have been guided by a shared vision to integrate art into the community. The collaboration emerged in 2009 during the sixth edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival where Iva Fattorini, MD, Chairwoman of Cleveland Clinic Global Arts and Medicine Institute was invited to discuss ‘Music & the Brain.’ Since then, ADMAF continues to explore programs which focus on art in a hospital setting, including Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in the UAE capital, which has been managed by Cleveland Clinic since 2007.  ‘Three Generations’ is an extension of continued efforts to explore the healing effects of music and art in medicine.

The exhibition opening, occurring on the UAE National Day, reinforces the cultural connection with the United States; next year’s Abu Dhabi Festival Country of Honour. The exhibition also illustrates an institutional commitment to sharing Emirati culture with Cleveland audiences.

H.E. Mrs Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, said: “Music and art is able to unite people from different backgrounds through the commonality of emotion & artistic expression – allowing the exchange of ideas, values, traditions and other aspects of culture and identity, whilst help the healing process through changing the state of one’s body and mind. Our partnership with Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and the global promotion of Emirati art, marks ADMAF’s commitment to cultural diplomacy, the expression of art within unique community spaces and the exploration of the healing power of music and art within healthcare.”

Talking about the exhibition itself, H.E. Mrs Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo added: “The ‘Three Generations’ exhibition provides a window into the cultural currents of the UAE through the eyes of some of its established and emerging creative minds.”

“The intersection of cultures and experiences is where the future of progress happens, in arts as well as medicine,” said Dr. Fattorini. “Our collaboration with ADMAF has shown the transcultural power of arts in connecting people regardless of where we come from. Art can take us into new worlds, cultures, and state of mind.”

The featured works span the creative practices of three generations of Emirati artists. The range of artistic media throughout the exhibition reveals an expression of contemporary cultural identity -- rooted in tradition while focusing on the present and future. ‘Three Generations’ was previously shown at Sotheby’s London.