4th Feb 2013
U.S. Embassy and Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) Open 'Crossing Generations' Exhibition
On February 3, 2013, the United States Embassy to the United Arab Emirates, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, opened a new art exhibition at the residence of the Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Michael Corbin. The exhibition, entitled Crossing Generations: A Selection of Emirati and Arab Contemporary Art from The ADMAF Art Collection, brings the work of six Emirati artists together with practitioners from Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, and Libya. The collection will be on display from February through July 2013.
In remarks to Emirati officials and colleagues from the arts, culture, and education communities, Ambassador Corbin noted, “I feel honored this evening to partner with Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation to exhibit such an impressive array of artwork by contemporary Emirati and Arab artists. Cultural collaborations such as this play an important role in creating better and deeper connections of communication and understanding between people, and the United States has long promoted the arts as an opportunity to advance freedom of expression around the world. Building on the U.S. Embassy’s longstanding relationships with ADMAF, Abu Dhabi’s most prominent and active cultural organization, this exhibition reminds us of the unique role that art plays in cross-cultural and intergenerational dialogue and expression.”
H.E. Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, said: Since its launch in 1996, ADMAF has been a committed advocate of cross-cultural dialogue. Through our programmes and initiatives as well as the Abu Dhabi Festival, we have sought to exemplify the beneficial impact of creative collaborations between countries and cultures. The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi shares our belief in the unifying nature of arts and culture. This exhibition from the ADMAF Art Collection signifies a new and dynamic step in our long-standing relationship and highlights the inspirational example ADMAF is setting in the collecting of visual art from the United Arab Emirates and beyond. In addition, this collaborative exhibition marks an important step in the Foundation’s Nationals’ Gallery initiative by creating a significant opportunity for the work of talented Emirati artists to reach new and interesting audiences. ”
The residence of the U.S. Ambassador is the site of a wide range of gatherings and visiting groups. This important role provides a high level of visibility for the exhibition, and allows a large and diverse audience to experience this very special collection in a unique setting.