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Mambo Retrospective Exhibition at NGV Australia

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30 years of shelf-indulgence
Australian surf and street wear label Mambo celebrates 30 Years of Shelf Indulgence at NGV Australia this summer.

Mambo is considered to be one of Australia's most outspoken brands, synonymous for its iconic comic style artwork representing our Land Down Under in political statements, softened with a larrikin nod to Australian culture.

Symbolic Mambo artworks such as Richard Allan's infamous farting dog print to rockstar Reg Mombassa's 'Australian Jesus' Hawaiian shirt can be seen in the exhibition, alongside original artworks, never-before-seen developmental work and a retrospective of the most-loved pieces of apparel which have steered Mambo on its revolutionary art-meets-fashion journey.

Reg Mombassa
born New Zealand 1951
Landscape with Australian Jesus 2014
charcoal and coloured pencil on paper
28.0 x 35.0 cm
Collection of Reg Mombassa
Reg Mombassa

Over a period of three decades, Mambo has tackled racism, jingoism and commercialism, inviting some 250 artists to collaborate with its street apparel label to produce some of the most interesting combinations of art, humour, music, surf and political jive all-at-once.

Matthew Martin
born Australia 1952
archival ink on museum paper/rag
31.5 x 25.5 cm
Collection of Matthew Martin
© Matthew Martin/MAMBO

Originally pitched at the average Australian in the 1980s under the art direction of Wayne Golding, Mambo now holds a credit worthy reputation unlike any other Australian fashion brand, recognised in 1993 when invited to exhibit at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, alongside an international collection of surrealist art in the show, Surrealism by Night.

Starving Wolves At The Gates Of Civilisation' by Reg Mombassa (1989)

Further propelled to an international level, Mambo reached new heights when selected to design the Australian athletes' unforms for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.

Check out Mambo: 30 years of shelf-indulgence from now until 22 February 2015 at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Cnr Russell & Flinders Streets, Federation Square. Entry is free, and opening hours are between 10am–5pm daily, closed Monday and Christmas Day.
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Why? Aussie statement fashion represented in art
When: 6 Dec 2014 – 22 Feb 2015
Phone: 03 8620 2222
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: Free
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Sounds great. How art makes for good t-shirts. Hope you have had a great Christmas Erica.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5707) 1816 days ago
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