The State owned public museum and Gallery for contemporary art, Heide or Heide Museum of Modern Art is located in the Melbourne Suburb of Bulleen. Blossomed at the 16 acres of heritage Gardens and Sculpture park, Heide brings together the artistic history of a period and the contemporary Artists of today. The Heide Museum of Modern Art is now an art museum featuring most of the artists of the period, and actively supporting the development and promotion of contemporary art in Australia.
Museum occupies the former dairy farm of John and Sunday Reed, which was a meeting place of a group of artists known as “Heide Circle”, in the 1930’s and after. John Reed was a solicitor and was active in the Contemporary Art Society and was also a co-editor of the journal, “Angry Penguins”. The Heide Circle, which included many of Australia’s best-known modernist painters, including Albert Tucker, Sidney Nolan, Joy Hester, often stayed at Heide with the Reed Family.
A new residence, Heide II was built by the Reed’s between 1964 -67, which is a showcase piece of modern architecture. In 1980, the Reeds sold Heide II, most of their surrounding land and significant works from their art collection to the Victorian State Government for the creation of a public art gallery and park. John Reed died at Heide in 1980 and his wife Sunday died ten days later. Heide Museum of Modern Art was established in 1981. In 1993 a new Gallery building designed by Andrew Anderson was added to the Heide Complex. In 2006 significant extensions to the Gallery were completed.
Address: 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105
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