Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence celebrated Mambo’s unique contribution to art and the support and development of its eccentric team of artists and designers at the new aMBUSH Gallery at Central Park.
With its idiosyncratic Australian sense of humour and perverse national pride, our country’s most irreverent and outspoken brand – Mambo – has turned 30 years old. Following the huge success of the Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, which saw the largest recorded number of attendees throughout the Ian Potter Centre to date, this iconic clothing label continued the celebration in a retrospective exhibition, held at aMBUSH Gallery’s new gallery and project space at Sydney’s Central Park, from 11th March 2015 to 26th April 2015. Presented in partnership with Central Park and aMBUSH and curated by Eddie Zammit, Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence celebrated Mambo’s unique contribution to art and the support and development of its eccentric team of artists and designers. It also presented a commentary on the company’s ability to identify its ‘Australian-ness’ through self-deprecating humour, and an off-handed indifference to all the usual conventions, retail and cultural. The exhibition featured original artwork, posters, surfboards, inflatables, in-store display units, and a 30-year timeline, plus interviews with original artists and various other cast members. It also presented artworks that were not previously shown in the Melbourne exhibit along with examples of developmental work, most of which are being exhibited for the first time.
Reg Mombassa, Ben Brown, James Jirat Patradoon, T-world