Three years ago I wrote about the potential demolition of the former Lyric and Star cinema on Johnston St. Now it is about to happen, but first the space has hosted a remarkable exhibition by Rone, titled Empty, featuring an enormous mural of one of his characteristic portraits of young women, with many more smaller examples on canvas and photos of other in situ works on display.

It is a remarkable construction, as the space is impressive and the lighting and design is highly effective. I avoided the opening night, knowing it would be busy, and instead appreciated it almost empty on the following Sunday afternoon. You’ve got a few more days to see it at 247 Johnston St, between Gore and Smith streets, opposite Ibla Cucina.

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Empty by Rone on Johnston St

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  • 26 October 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Yes Brian, great exhibition. I went twice first time to see Rone’s works of art, fantastic! The second time on the last day was to say my goodbyes to that incredible built space with so much history and character soon to be destroyed and replaced by yet more soulless, designless glass and steel construction. Yet another supermarket with 10 stories of apartments on top.

    Could VCAT have demanded the developers get innovative and maintain the existing built space while they build their apartments on top? Not likely here of course. In Europe they would not be able to touch the existing building.


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