National Art Gallery
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Don Wright
Vancouver, Canada1,377 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Other reviewers have commented on the sad state of the paintings in this neglected hall and it’s true — many works are poorly framed and mounted, water damage is obvious, and there are no labels regarding the artist, subject, or date. It feels like a garage sale of random artworks. Somebody studying to be a curator should be offered a practicum or internship to at least bring this up to the standard of a community art gallery — it has a long way to go to live up to it’s title as a national gallery. Fortunately, the guard came over to us and in limited English (for which we were grateful), indicated that several portraits were of past kings and prime ministers. Admission is free.
Written May 3, 2018
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ShaunakMarulkar
Pune, India360 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
I was staying in Colpetty, also known as Kalupitiya (Colombo 03). So, a visit to the National Art Gallery, located in Colombo 07, was understandable. This was referred to me by the owner of the hostel, where I was put up.

The Art Gallery is close to the National Museum and has a good amount of collection of portraits, although I was a little confused on their detailed history. Also, since I was alone, it was left to my imagination and maturity to infer on some of the questions that I had in mind.

I was given to understand that a lot of school children and common public at large visit the place. I felt as if one can spend about an hour or so here easily. Outside the building but within the premises, there is a good amount of greenery & quiet atmosphere and feels different from what you typically feel in a busy crowded city.

Although they could re-paint and make it a little more trendy but then, it looks like a Dutch structure and mine is just a suggestion. None-the-less, worth one visit.
Written June 29, 2015
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Stella-Dot
Leigh-on Sea, UK655 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Business
I was expecting so much more from this place, but sadly it was without any artistic forethought. It is free to go in and there was someone on duty who really looked so bored. You can walk around it in 15 minutes. Little to see and lacked any kind of sparkle.
Written July 23, 2018
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Brian-Snellgrove
Midsomer Norton, UK1,891 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
From something entitled "national .....' you do expect some quality. We entered the main doors to this free art museum and found the one and only gallery filled with what I can only describe as 'tat'. This maybe an English word but I hope you get the idea.

Badly maintained pictures were not even hung evenly. None of them were labelled with the usual title, artist and date. One work had been affected by water, another had been dropped on the ground and the canvas had holes in.

We wandered through a centre door and found a number of children engaged in informal art classes - fair enough. There was a productive atmosphere. To the right there was a large hall which may have been used for special exhibitions but there was nothing to see.

Clearly the government did not consider national art - let alone modern art - worthy of investment. There was evidence of building works at the back so there may be a change at some future time but meanwhile we were left to guess. Protocol says that you put up a note saying what is planned but this was lost on this establishment.

We left after 10 minutes.

I am very sorry to write this review.

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Written February 21, 2015
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Arden55
Gold Coast29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
What a sad, sorry, place. I felt a wave of pity. This place is more an anachronistic portrait gallery of about fifty mould, dark, old oil-paintings, some bursting from their frames, others badly scratched from not being stored correctly. There was no information relating to any of the paintings. Who are these people? Who is the artist? When was the work completed? What is its significance? What medium has been used? There were no didactics, hand-outs or brochures. No souvenir shop. No cafe. Oh dear. We were in and out in 20 minutes flat.
Written March 18, 2019
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hdias
Reigate, UK401 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
There is only one room now at the National Art Gallery where there is no entrance fee. The main part of the Gallery has apparently been closed for the last two years. The paintings are sadly neglected and need urgent help from the authorities.

The sort of place you would expect to see in an impoverished communist state not a lovely island with abundant natural resources and 8 UNSECO heritage sites...!
Written September 25, 2018
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,671 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Is this the saddest art museum in the world? Four walls of artwork, all victims of neglect without a label as to content or artist. I can appreciate many of the works I look at, but how much better if there was more information.

The security guard told me these paintings were by the most eminent of artists in Sri Lanka. He told me who the portraits were of - various Presidents and Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka. Just as well because I wouldn't have recognised them. The frames, canvasses and paint are all in various stages of decay. How very sad that the talent of the nation ends up in such a state of dire need.

The museum is free. For once in my life I would like to say make an entry charge. It is in bad need of renovation. Art tells the story of a nation.

Whatever you do, go to the toilet BEFORE you arrive here. Trust me!
Written July 17, 2018
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chandraSva
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK113 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Family
Felt saddened and disappointed when I visited the National Art Gallery. It was more of a portrait gallery of individuals, perhaps important in their time. These were badly neglected, with no information about who they were or what period they belonged to.
There were some landscape paintings too but again no information about them.
This is such a shame as it gives the impression the country doesn't care about protecting its Art or interested in it.
Written February 14, 2016
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Stella-Dot
Leigh-on Sea, UK655 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Very uninspiring and you really only need 30 minutes maximum to look around. Poor quality art works with little information available. Such a shame.
Written January 13, 2020
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Ranee B
Adelaide, Australia759 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
We were very disappointed with this, There are nice paintings but no plaques with information as to the subject matter or the name of the artist. There should be a small label beneath each painting. There was no one capable of giving us any information, but just 2 security guards!!!
The area next door with the sculptures was closed. Very sad to see this in a beautiful building located in a very nice area in Colombo, located just before the entrance to the National Museum on the left.
Written August 18, 2018
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