Exhibition Credits

August 29, 2024 – November 30, 2024

Geoffrey Bawa: It Is Essential To Be There


Geoffrey Bawa: It is Essential to be There is the first major exhibition which draws from the archives to look at Bawa’s practice. Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa (1919–2003) inadvertently began his practice as an architect, while practising as a lawyer, with the purchase of an abandoned rubber and cinnamon estate, which he transformed into the garden that is now Lunuganga. From this first project in 1948, in the wake of the country’s newly gained independence from the British Empire, the practice is marked by architecture that seeks to uncover multivalent notions of place. Organised in four thematic sections, exploring relationships between ideas, drawings, buildings and places, the exhibition explores the different ways in which images were used in Bawa’s practice.

Exhibition Credits

Curator: Shayari de Silva

Exhibition team: Aneesha Mustachi, Sareena Hussein, Shanika Perera, Chandika Gunasekera, Faazath Ueais, Michael George

Exhibition Design: Thilini Perera and Christopher Silva

Colour Photographs: Sebastian Posingis and Dominic Sansoni

Lunuganga and Kandalama Films: Clara Kraft Isono

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Geoffrey Bawa: It Is Essential To Be There runs August 29 through November 23, 2024