The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Sri Lanka announces its second exhibition entitled “Encounters”

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Sri Lanka (MMCA Sri Lanka) announces the launch date of its second exhibition entitled “Encounters”.

The exhibition will be open from February 11 to August 28, 2022 and will be presented in the museum’s new location, boulevard Crescat. “Encounters” will be structured as a sequence of changing displays bringing together six “encounters” between artworks created between the 1950s and the present by various artists such as George Keyt, Pradeep Thalawatta, Nelun Harasgama, Senaka Senanayake, Abdul Halik Azeez, and Janani Cooray.

The artworks and ephemera to be featured in “Encounters” revolve around and respond to specially chosen paintings drawn from the collections of the John Keells and George Keyt Foundation. “Encounters” offers the public a rare opportunity to view several works of art from two of the most important art collections in the country.

Sharmini Pereira, Chief Curator, MMCA Sri Lanka, said, “We are delighted to announce the launch of our second exhibition. The last two years have not been ideal for exhibition programming around the world, with travel restrictions and unexpected lockdowns. We are therefore very happy to be able to start this year with a new curated exhibition which includes 46 works by approximately 18 artists as well as magazines and photographs of historical significance. The exhibition has been organized as a series of six changing exhibitions, where five exhibitions are on view for approximately two months and one exhibition will remain on view for the entire six months. We encourage visitors to return to the exhibition each time the exhibition changes, as each “encounter” will be different from the previous one. »

During the duration of the “Rencontres”, the MMCA Sri Lanka will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the museum and participation in all events of its public program will be free. For visitors who cannot easily visit during daytime opening hours, the museum will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday. The museum is easily accessible by public and private transport in its new location with ample parking available.

“Encounters” is generously supported by the European Union, Foundation for Arts Initiatives, John Keells Foundation and Asian Hotels and Properties PLC.

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Sri Lanka is a cultural initiative focused on building a museum of modern and contemporary art for the country and promoting learning and engagement for an audience as wide as possible. Apart from its curated exhibitions and educational programs, the museum is the first publicly accessible trilingual venue of its kind in Sri Lanka. For more information, visit or follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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James C. Tibbs