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‘Three Generations’ curated by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation at Sotheby’s London, 23rd July – 9th August 2013 Sotheby’s Galleries, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA

3 Generations Exhibition 9th Jul 2013

The First UK Exhibition of Art by Established & Emerging Artists from the United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF)is delighted to announce that from 23rd July – 9th August 2013, the first-ever group exhibition of UAE contemporary art will be held at Sotheby’s London. Curated by ADMAF,.‘Three Generations’ is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative of the Western Region of Abu Dhabi (known in Arabic as ‘Al Dhafra’).

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative of the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, said: "The visual arts has the power to transcend borders and boundaries. It ignites the imagination and encourages the pursuit of knowledge. The artists participating in the ‘Three Generations’ exhibition reflect a spirit of innovation that is rooted in the desert landscapes of Al Dhafra [the Western Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi]. Their creations resonate with the cultural heritage that they, as guardians, have inherited."

H.E. Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, said: “The exhibition ‘Three Generations’ provides a window into the cultural currents of the UAE through the eyes of some of its established and emerging creative minds. It is a reflection of where the UAE has come from, where it is now, and where it is going. I sincerely hope that the range of styles, approaches and mediums used excites and informs all those who visit.  I am delighted that together with Sotheby’s – with whom we have worked closely in recent years – ADMAF is enabling new audiences to explore the development and practice of the UAE visual arts sector.”

The 12 works to be exhibited, by 12 different artists, highlight the creative practices of three generations of Emirati visual artists. Together, they use a wide range of media in expressing a dynamic cultural identity that is both rooted in the traditions of the past while firmly focusing on the present and the future. ‘Three Generations’ presents a snapshot of the breadth and depth of the creative expression in the United Arab Emirates rather than seeking to mount a comprehensive overview of Emirati visual arts practice.

Roxane Zand, Sotheby’s Deputy Chairman, Middle East and Gulf Region, said: “Sotheby’s is delighted to provide a platform for the first UK show of a selection of works that represents the remarkable talent amongst artists both new and established from the UAE. ADMAF has succeeded in creating an exciting programme of events and exhibitions that allows the international art world greater access to appreciate the vibrant and dynamic arts scene in the UAE region, and we are thrilled that this exhibition at Sotheby’s will enable a UK audience to share the experience and insight that this group of works offers.”