Sem­i­nal ex­hi­bi­tion of Sri Lankan her­itage art opens in Los An­ge­les

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - EVENTS -

The Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art ( LACMA) re­cently opened an ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled, ‘The Jew­elled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka’ - the first com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of Sri Lankan art or­gan­ised by a U.S. mu­seum. Drawn in part from LACMA’s col­lec­tion of Sri Lankan art, and in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional loans, the ex­hi­bi­tion presents some 240 works ad­dress­ing nearly two mil­len­nia of Sri Lankan his­tory.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is cu­rated by Dr. Robert L. Brown and Dr. Tushara Bindu Gude, of LACMA’s South and South­east Asian Art Depart­ment, and is de­signed by Los An­ge­les-based ar­chi­tec­ture firm Escher GuneWar­dena Ar­chi­tec­ture, a part­ner­ship of Sri Lankan born Ravi Gunewar­dena and Swiss ar­chi­tect Frank Escher.

For­eign Min­is­ter Man gala Sa­ma­raweera on a visit to the US met with the cu­ra­tors and LACMA Di­rec­tor Michael Go­van and dis­cussed this ex­hi­bi­tion ini­tially with them as part of a wider Sri Lanka 70th An­niver­sary of In­de­pen­dence pro­mo­tion. LACMA obliged by mov­ing for­ward the ex­hi­bi­tion by a year to open in 2018.

Left to right: Ex­hi­bi­tion De­sign­ers Ravi Gunewar­dena and Frank Escher; Con­sul Gen­eral Swarna Gu­naratne; Cu­ra­tor Dr. Thushara Bindu Gude; Deputy Con­sul Asoka Go­dawita, Cu­ra­tor Dr. Robert L. Brown; and LACMA Di­rec­tor Michael Go­van.

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