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Rembrandts: 9 Installations

Artistic and architectural responses to Rembrandts; a defunct entertainment centre and a place of memory and significance for its community.

  • Exhibition Overview

    Rembrandts: 9 installations was a project co-curated by Simon Whibley that invited nine architects and artists to respond to the faux baroque Rembrandt’s Entertainment Centre in the City of Knox. This was the last public use of the building prior to the sale of the site, and each installation responded in different ways to the use, memory and character of its spaces.

    The project developed by Simon Whibley, Diamond Drape, was based on a tablecloth in the pristine Gainsborough Room. This diamond-shaped cloth has been reinterpreted as a white 6mm MDF plane, inserted out of context and out of scale in the main kitchen, removing the function from the utilitarian room. In the Architecture Australia Review of the exhibition, the spatial effect of Diamond Drape as was:

    ‘especially disconcerting, with the plane installed just below eye level, encouraging one to crawl between the rickety steel legs to fully explore the kitchen. The still-functioning appliances were landlocked, the remnant grease and kitchen smell brought closer by forcing visitors into a claustrophobic space.’

  • People

    Participants

    Curators: Simon Whibley and Anthony McInneny

    Architects:

    • Workshop Architecture
    • Antarctica
    • Herbert Mason

    Artists:

    • Jillian Allan
    • Greg Creek
    • Sean Loughery
    • Sally Mannall
    • Sanne Mestrom
    • Vin Ryan
  • Exhibition Outcomes

    Publications

    • 2009  Rembrandts: Nine Installations, Architecture Australia, March/April 2009. Review
  • Acknowledgements

    Sponsors

    • Victorian Government Department of Planning and Community Development
    • RMIT Design Research Institute
    • City of Knox

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