The year 2019 will mark the centenary of Geoffrey Bawa’s birth and the Lunuganga Trust celebrates this eminent architect’s legacy through a program of events scheduled from July 2019 to July 2020. The program will include exciting projects by Amitav Ghosh, Chandragupta Thenuwara, Dayanita Singh, Dominic Sansoni, Lee Mingwei, Kengo Kuma, Sarah Sze and many others.

The Centennial is an important marker for the Geoffrey Bawa and Lununganga Trusts, to reflect upon its significant achievements over the last 25 years and an occasion to promote the two Trusts’ mission. The centenary programme is designed around both broadening and deepening the Trust’s engagement with Geoffrey Bawa’s legacy.

The programme will inspire and initiate work that spans geographic, generational and medium-specific divides, using the ideal contextual background of Geoffrey Bawa’s life and work.

Decorative Arts in the Geoffrey Bawa Collection

The first in a series of exhibitions and publications to introduce some of the extraordinary holdings in the Geoffrey Bawa Collection, this installation of decorative objects, will be on view in situ at Lunuganga. These fascinating objects provide a first glimpse of both the social and private uses of these beautiful things collected over a lifetime by an aesthete with unfettered eclectic tastes, thus building another cipher through which to view the legacy of Bawa.

In conjunction with this event, Ayesha Rahman of Lanka Decorative Arts will deliver a gallery talk on the Burgomeister Chair. Many fine examples of this chair lie within the Bawa Collection and attendees will closely observe these examples while exploring their history.


Virtual Exhibition

14 – 21 July 2019

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Venue: Lunuganga

Entrance will be Rs. 1500/- per head; access includes the gardens and select spaces in the main bungalow. Students with valid ID enter free.
Gallery talk on Burgomeister Chairs:
14 July at 3 p.m. 

Curator led-tours:
Will take place on the 14th, 16th, 20th and 21st, led by Lunuganga Trust curator Shayari de Silva.

A special tour of Lunuganga and the exhibition by Channa Daswatte on the 14th at 11 am and on the 21st at 3 pm.

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Decorative Arts in the Geoffrey Bawa Collection

Virtual Exhibition

Bawa’s Bedroom

Mama’s Table

Toys & Miniatures

Chairs, Lights & Textiles

16th Annual Geoffrey Bawa
Memorial Lecture  

V&A Dundee Museum, UK, 2018 © Hufton Crow

This year's memorial lecture, falling on the 100th birth anniversary of the late Geoffrey Bawa, will be delivered by renowned Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. Before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990, he received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, where he is currently a Professor of Architecture. Having been inspired by Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Kengo Kuma decided to pursue architecture at a young age, and later entered the Architecture program at the University of Tokyo, where he studied under Hiroshi Hara and Yoshichika Uchida. During his Graduate studies, he made a research trip across the Sahara, exploring various villages and settlements, observing a unique power and beauty. After his time as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, he established his office in Tokyo. Since then, Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed architectural works in over twenty countries and received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society. 

23 July 2019

Venue: Sri Lanka Foundation Institute 100, Sri Lanka Padanama Mawatha
Independence Square
Colombo 07

Time: 5.30 p.m.

Admission Free

Memorial Lecture 2019 Audio
Memorial Lecture 2019 Video

Unseen Bawa Exhibition
by Sebastian Posingis

This exhibition of photography by Sebastian Posingis will present a selection of the lesser known works by Geoffrey Bawa.

Posingis is the author of perhaps the most extensive collection of photographs recording Bawa’s work. These photographs, taken over a course of 5 years reveal Posingis’ extraordinary sensitivity to the poetry in Bawa’s buildings. Installed at the Paradise Road Gallery Café, formerly Geoffrey Bawa’s office, the work resonates with the rhythms, patinas and proportions that characterize much of Bawa’s architecture, and which are exemplified in the Gallery. 
UNSEEN BAWA: Virtual Exhibition.
Photographs by Sebastian Posingis

16–28 June 2020 

24–31 July 2019

Time: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m
Venue: Paradise Road, The Gallery Café

UNSEEN BAWA: Virtual Exhibition

Photographs by Sebastian Posingis

The Gift:
Artist-panel Discussion

Launch of Installation Series at Lunuganga and Artist-panel moderated by Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+ Hong Kong and Trustee, Lunuganga Trust and Geoffrey Bawa Trust.

24 July 2019

Venue: Barefoot Gallery

Listen to the discussion