Her Excellency Huda Al-Khemis Kanoo and the Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson.

- At the height of the summer season, visitors flocked to Sotheby’s to celebrate the opening of Three Generations, an exhibition of twelve works by twelve Emirati artists. Curiosity and interest in the cultural growth of the UAE clearly trumped the heat wave, news of the royal birth, and other summer preoccupations as 150 people filled St George's Gallery on a balmy July 22. That same morning many journalists visited the exhibition, and came away with positive reviews and extensive coverage. In the words of Robin Woodhead, "cultural dialogue is an effective means of promoting understanding and interaction between nations."

The opening of 'Three Generations' at Sotheby's London.

From modest beginnings in 1996, Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation has become a force in cultural and educational activities in the region. Its tireless founder, Her Excellency Huda Al-Khemis Kanoo, has opened door after door in the vision to, "sow the seeds for the development of Abu Dhabi as the world's next cultural capital." With this exhibition she wanted to provide a window into the cultural currents of the UAE, through the eyes of its established and emerging artists.

Dana Al Mazroouei's Reflection, 2012. Part of the "Three Generations" exhibition at Sotheby's London.

Judging by the interest and reactions of the audience, she seems to have succeeded. Mark Poltimore, Deputy Chairman of Sothebys said in his speech that a forty-year old country has achieved what other nations have taken hundreds to do. The presence of Sir David Brewer Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for London, marked the importance of the occasion, and others such as the Lord Provost of Edinburgh had travelled from far to attend. An exhibition tour was provided by Lisa Ball-Leschgar of ADMAF and after a rousing speech from Mrs. Kanoo and a brief gift-exchanging ceremony, guests broke their fast at iftaar and enjoyed a late evening. An occasion to remember!