Sri Lanka Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art opens in newly designed public venue

The Sri Lanka Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA Sri Lanka), the country’s first public museum engaged in the exhibition, research, collection and conservation of modern and contemporary art, has moved to the boulevard Crescat in November 2021.

The move to its new premises meets its objective of being more accessible to the general public, schools and tourists. The MMCA Sri Lanka was launched in 2019 as a non-profit organization and receives local and international funding. Its first exhibition attracted more than 3,500 visitors.

In addition to welcoming 37 school and university groups from across the country. The museum hosted 165 free public events, 11 children’s workshops and 12 trilingual lectures by artists, educators and curators during the exhibition.

Ajit Gunewardene, Chairman of MMCA Sri Lanka Committee, said: “MMCA Sri Lanka’s decision to move to Crescat Boulevard was strategic.

As a museum in the making, it adds enormous value to the development of Colombo after the pandemic. Crescat provides an easily accessible and non-intimidating setting that is a perfect fit for MMCA Sri Lanka.

Nayana Mawilmada, Area Head of Real Estate Group at John Keells Holdings, speaking about the partnership, said: “We are delighted to welcome MMCA Sri Lanka to the newly refurbished Crescat Mall. Thanks to its central and easily accessible location, Crescat will offer the MMCA Sri Lanka the opportunity to present the country’s contemporary art to a wide audience.

It brings an essential cultural attraction to improve the tourist offer of Colombo and we believe that visitors to the mall will appreciate the multi-factor activities now on offer. With its engaging exhibits and programming for children and adults alike, we are happy to partner with the museum to present the rich history and social discourses of our society.

Sharmini Pereira, Chief Curator, MMCA Sri Lanka, said: “MMCA Sri Lanka is not the first museum to be located in a shopping center. like Japan, India and China.

Our new location gives us countless opportunities to reach audiences who would not otherwise venture into museums of modern and contemporary art.

We encourage people to follow us on social media as we have so many must-see events over the next six months.

Our aim is to once again create a unique, museum-quality experience that not only raises awareness of the country’s modern and contemporary art, but also raises the profile of the city of Colombo itself.

Crescat Boulevard is located in the heart of Colombo 3, with easy access points from Galle Road and Sri Uttarananda Mawatha. MMCA Sri Lanka is due to open its second exhibition in February 2022, in a space of 3,800 m². ft of space on the second floor of Crescat Boulevard.

MMCA Sri Lanka is founded on the values ​​of learning and discovery and is committed to artists past and present, living and working across the country and abroad. Apart from its curated exhibitions and educational programs, the museum is the first trilingual place accessible to the public of its kind in Sri Lanka.

James C. Tibbs