40 Years of Mushroom Records Exhibition

40 Years of Mushroom Records Exhibition

40 Years of Mushroom & Melbourne’s Music Culture is a celebration of the last four decades of popular music represented through music, songs, posters, photographs, costumes, memorabilia and iconic Melbourne rock venues.

It celebrates the success of Melbourne recording artists and highlights the evolution and success of Australia's biggest independent record label (and Melbourne’s own) Mushroom Records, as founded by Michael Gudinski in 1972.

The exhibition features many items from the Mushroom Group's extensive memorabilia collection, plus a number of items from the personal collections of Michael Gudinski, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, Kylie Minogue, Skyhooks, Split Enz and Crowded House never publicly displayed.

RMIT Gallery have also sourced costumes and other materials from the Arts Centre Melbourne Performing Arts Collection.

RMIT Gallery Director and Chief Curator Suzanne Davies said: "Melbourne is Australia’s home of live music and over the past 40 years, live music venues, fashion and all other aspects of fandom and celebrity have become integral to the lives of many Melburnians – something this exhibition will celebrate."

Michael Gudinski AM, CEO of the Mushroom Group said that he was thrilled to be working together with RMIT Gallery to co-present Music, Melbourne + Me: 40 Years of Mushroom & Melbourne’s Music Culture.

"I’ve been approached by numerous organisations in the past to put together an exhibition of the Mushroom memorabilia, but for various reasons it never felt right until now," said Gudinski.

"Melbourne is certainly one of the greatest cities in the world to enjoy music and this exhibition is a great way to celebrate the past and preview the future." said Mr Gudinski.


What: Music, Melbourne + Me: 40 Years of Mushroom & Melbourne’s Music Culture

When: November 19 – March 3

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston, Melbourne

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 11am-5pm
Thursdays: 11am-7pm
Saturdays 12-5pm.
Closed public holidays

Admission: Free
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