Colonial Period Furniture on the Geoffrey Bawa Collection.


The Geoffrey Bawa Collection of Traditional Art at Paradise Road Galleries, No. 02, Alfred House Road, Colombo 03 from 26th to 30th July 2007.


The Geoffrey Bawa Collection of Contemporary Art at Paradise Road Galleries, No. 02, Alfred House Road, Colombo 03, from 23rd July to 7th August, 2006.


A major exhibition of the work of Geoffrey Bawa was mounted by the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt from 23rd July to 16th October 2004. This was a celebration of the life and work of Bawa, now considered one of the most important and influential Asian architects of the last century. His standing was endorsed when he received the Special Chairman’s Award in the eighth cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in November 2001. He was only the third recipient and the first non-Moslem to be honoured thus. Bawa has had a tremendous impact on emerging architects in the region. However his work remains relatively unknown outside Asia, a matter which this exhibition will help redress.



“Leaf Litter” by Fiona Hall, (an exhibition drawn from Fiona Hall’s work at Lunuganga, The works, fine leaf paintings against a background of banknotes from the species’ country of origin) explore issues of colonialism and exploitation of natural resources, from 16th to 28th August 2002, at Barefoot Gallery, Colombo 03.


“A Transit Through Paradise” by Fiona Hall (an exhibition and residency organized by the Lunuganga Trust and the Asia Link Center, University of Melbourne, Australia) at Barefoot Gallery, Colombo 03 (5th November).


The works of Geoffrey Bawa presented by the Singapore Institute of Architects in Singapore (March 1997).


Exhibition of “The Work of Geoffrey Bawa” presented by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland Chapter) in Brisbane (September 1996) and later in Darwin, Sydney and Perth.


Exhibition of “The Work of Geoffrey Bawa” presented by the InstitutLinaboBardi at the Museo de Arte, Sao Paolo, Brazil (October 1995) and later in Belo Horizont (November 1995).


Exhibition “The Work of Geoffrey Bawa” presented by the Royal Institute of British Architects in London (March 1986) and later exhibited in New York (July 1986), Boston (September 1986) and Colombo, Sri Lanka (February 1987.

A detailed monograph on Bawa by Professor David Robson, the curator of the exhibition, served as the main English language catalogue for the exhibition (“Bawa: The Complete Works”, Thames and Hudson, 2002). The exhibition architect was Channa Daswatte, architect and partner of Geoffrey Bawa.

Three floors of the Deutsche Architektur Museum, covering a floor space of 800-900 square metres accommodated the exhibition. A variety of media was used to describe the enormous range of Bawa’s work and demonstrate his inventiveness and versatility. Thirty projects, including the architect’s own Colombo residence and his retreat at Lunuganga, were highlighted. Original development drawings, models and photographs were used. Video footage including a rare audio recording of part of a lecture by Bawa added another dimension to help visitors come close to understanding Bawa’s architecture.

A special section illustrated Bawa’sunbuilt projects and traced the evolution of the inimitable style of his office. Also displayed were some furniture and fittings designed by the office and made by local craftsmen and works of art commissioned by Bawa for clients. Examples of fabrics and batiks designed by his friends Barbara Sansoni and Ena de Silva were also exhibited. There was much to interest the professional and academic as well as an informed lay audience and those with an interest in Sri Lanka and the Indian sub-continent.

The exhibition was produced with the help and encouragement of the Dr. IngeborgFlagge, DeutschesArkitektur Museum, Frankfurt and the Lunuganga Trust, which administers Bawa’s affairs and was supported of the Government of Sri Lanka, the accountants Ernst & Young and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. It was financed by the City of Frankfurt and Ernst & Young.