Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic, who is well-known for transforming the streets of Penang with light-hearted, iconic murals, has returned to Penang to create more murals for his first ever solo show called “Art is Rubbish/Rubbish is Art.” The show opened this past weekend and will be on display through February 14, 2014. Our good friend, Henrik Haven, was there to check it out.

“Penang island, with its heritage and rich blend of cultures, is an artistic inspiration in itself. I have always been fascinated by its culture and history; especially reflected in its textures, old walls and heritage shop houses. ” said Zacharevic. The exhibition initiates the opening of a new art space in Penang – held at the privately-owned Old Hin Bus Depot. An abandoned space that still holds layers of history within its walls, the old bus depot has been meticulously renovated to still reflect its stunning 1950’s façade and unique features. By turning it into an arts and events space, Zacharevic hopes to bridge the gap between the old and the new Penang through his art.