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Cleveland Clinic Showcases 'Three Generations' Exhibition by Artists from The United Arab Emirates

Curated by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, Exhibit Supports Shared Vision of Enriching Healthcare System Culture

December 2, 2013

Cleveland Clinic will soon present the first-ever group exhibition of United Arab Emirates contemporary art in a healthcare setting.

“Three Generations” will be exhibited from December 2, 2013 to March 31, 2014 in the hospital’s Art Exhibition Area, between Buildings G & Q.

Curated by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) together with Cleveland Clinic Global Arts & Medicine Institute (AMI), the exhibition supports an on-going collaboration to enrich society and enhance cultural immersion across borders. The exhibition features the works of emerging and established Emirati artists.

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 when the “Music & the Brain” Symposium was organized, led by Iva Fattorini, MD Chairwoman, AMI. Since then, ADMAF continues to explore programs that focus on art in a hospital setting, including the 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 is timed for the UAE National Day to reinforce the cultural connection with the United States. With Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi currently under construction, the exhibition illustrates an institutional commitment to sharing Emirati culture with Cleveland audiences.

“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 states 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.

“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,” said H.E. Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF. “I’m delighted that together with Cleveland Clinic, we are playing a role in advocating the importance of arts in healthcare.”

Secured under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative of the Western Region, the exhibit at Cleveland Clinic illustrates the importance of art and creativity of the Emirates. “Three Generations” was previously shown at Sotheby’s London.

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About Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation

The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) seeks to nurture the arts, education, culture and creativity for the benefit of society and the advancement of Abu Dhabi’s cultural vision. Established in 1996 by Her Excellency Hoda I. Al Khamis Kanoo, ADMAF Founder, the Foundation is a not-for-profit organization under the presidency and patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development. Each year, ADMAF inspires and engages over 40,000 children, young people and adults in meaningful and memorable experiences across a wide range of art forms. Through year-round programmes in arts education and community arts, it nurtures the creativity of the UAE, often in partnership with leading national and international institutions. ADMAF also presents the internationally acclaimed Abu Dhabi Festival, which in 2013 staged 129 arts events in 44 venues across the 7 Emirates to mark the 10th anniversary edition. In addition, ADMAF supports independent artistic expression through its Grants Scheme and nurtures UAE visual arts practitioners through its professional development initiative, The Nationals’ Gallery, which seeks to encourage, advise, promote and create opportunities for established and emerging artists across the country. For more information please visit our website at:

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