Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka

EXHIBITION EXTENDED: Good news! We are extending ‘Encounters’ until January 2023.

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka is an education-led initiative that aims to establish a public museum dedicated to the display, research, collection and conservation of modern and contemporary art for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public, schools and tourists.

Does a chance encounter between one thing and another alter how something familiar or commonplace is otherwise seen? Can two artworks placed side by side reveal something new about each of them?

This exhibition is structured as a sequence of changing displays which bring together six encounters between artworks from the 1950s to the present.

Each display revolves around and responds to a specially chosen painting drawn from the John Keells Holdings or the George Keyt Foundation art collections. The six encounters propose playful and at times contentious comparisons between the familiar and unexpected.

Visitors are invited to return to Encounters over the course of three rotations:

Rotation 2
22 June–18 September 2022

Abdul Halik Azeez
Afro-Asian Writers’ Bureau
Aubrey Collette
Martin Wickramasinghe
Permanent Bureau of Afro-Asian Writers
Senaka Senanayake

Firi Rahman
Gamini Ratnavira
Ismeth Raheem
Laki Senanayake

Encounters is curated by Sharmini Pereira, Chief Curator and Sandev Handy, Assistant Curator.

Entry is free.

  • Start Date: 22 June
  • Location: Ground Floor Crescat Boulevard 89 Galle Road Colombo 03
  • End Date: 18 September 2022
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