Exhibition ‘Encounters’ at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka now showing Rotation 3

PUBLISHED Dec 13, 2022

Rotation 3 of the exhibition “Encounters”

On December 8, the Rotation 3 of the exhibition “Encounters” opened at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka (Crescat Boulevard, 89 Colombo-Galle Main Rd, Colombo 00300) in Colombo.

The exhibition, which presents works by different artists to create “encounters” between them, is divided into six groups of works from the 1950s to the present, with one group on display for the entire exhibition period starting in February and the remaining five groups replaced in turn. By rotating the works, the exhibition asks viewers if they can gain new insights into each.

The works of the late Sri Lankan artist George Keyt play a central role in the third phase of the exhibition. It is divided into two thematic displays, with Keyt’s two works at the core and works by A. Mark, Nelun Harasgama, Janani Cooray, and others encountering each other. The exhibit on the theme of clothing focuses on how garments, beyond their functionality, can convey information about social identities, such as class, professional status, gender, and nationality. Meanwhile, the exhibit featuring Keyt’s painting, “The Offering,” turns attention to a topic of a spiritual nature. In addition, works and materials related to the Afro-Asian Writers’ Movement are also on display.

The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays). Admission to the museum and event participation is free. During the exhibition period, weekly tours by curators and workshops by specialists will be held (reservations required). The exhibition will run until March 19 next year.

  • A work using barbed wire at “Encounters” Rotation 3

  • Work by George Keat at “Encounters” Rotation 3

  • Work on display at “Encounters” Rotation 3