The Sapumal Foundation is a rare, if not unique, place; because it was the home of an artist, Harry Pieris, who collected work by other artists (few artists collect the works of other artists). He then displayed them in an attractive but unconventional way, in his unpretentious home. Later he formed a Foundation so that others could also enjoy this good art. We have retained many of the pictures and much of the house as it was when he lived here.Make The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation part of your personalized Colombo itinerary using our Colombo day trip planning site .
It was formed on 16 th December 1974 by Harry Pieris as the settlor and Dr Arthur Weerakoon and Dr Chris Raffel as trustees. As Margaret Gooneratne, then Librarian of the American Centre perceived “In 1974 he felt that he should establish something of a more permanent nature so that the public could view good art and be enriched thereby. Harry, in his understated yet determined way, was convinced that the advantages he had inherited, received and gained must be shared with a wider range of people. It was a responsibility that made him restless. In such thinking the Sapumal Foundation took firm and adventurous root”.
Harry Pieris named it the Sapumal Foundation because his siblings nicknamed him ‘Sapumal’ when he was young, either because he was not much given to smiling, like Prince Sapumal of history or because they felt that he was rather immature, like the flower of the Sapumal tree which does not open fully, as he was not as fun-loving and sporty like most of them. But he had the last laugh, like Prince Sapumal who became King Bhuvaneka Bahu VI!
The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation Reviews
The very numerous paintings displayed at the Sapumal Foundation and Gallery date mainly from the second and third quarters of the 20th century. They probably no longer qualify as contemporary art and ... more »
Sapumal Foundation art gallery provides a wide range of the best art from the group of '43, a contemporary group of artists in the 20th century. Get a real feel for the varied styles and inspirations ... more »
It must be the best gallery in Colombo I’m so loveing the painting and collection Strongly recommend people who love art to go there. Wealth to visit
Free entry. Currently a better option than the National Art Gallery. Artists of the '43-Group' are well explained. The venue used to be the home of one of the artists. Very nice. Could do without being followed around like I stole something. They need to make sure their security staff is a bit more passive or at the very least less obvious in their intentions.
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