Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen

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The Heide Museum of Modern Art, also known as Heide, is an art museum in Bulleen, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Established in 1981, the museum houses modern and contemporary art across three distinct exhibition buildings and is set within sixteen acres of heritage-listed gardens and a sculpture park.

The museum occupies the site of a former dairy farm owned by prominent arts benefactors John and Sunday Reed. After purchasing the farm in 1934, they named it Heide in reference to the Heidelberg School, an impressionist art movement that developed in nearby Heidelberg in the 1880s. Heide became the gathering place for a collective of young modernist painters known as the Heide Circle, which included Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester, who often stayed in the Reeds' 19th-century farmhouse, now known as Heide I. Today they rank among Australia's best-known artists and are also considered leaders of the Angry Penguins, a modernist art movement named after a cultural journal co-published by the Reeds and poet Max Harris. Heide's close relationship to this movement is evidenced in many of its displays.

Between 1964 and 1967, the Reeds built a new residence, Heide II, now considered one of the finest examples of modernist architecture in Victoria. In 1980, after several years of negotiations, the Reeds sold Heide II, most of the adjoining property and significant works from their art collection to the Victorian Government for the establishment of a public art museum and park. The museum has since expanded its collection through many individual gifts, and in keeping with the Reeds' original aim, continues to support young and emerging artists.

In 1993, Heide III, a new purpose-built gallery building designed by Andrew Andersons, was added to the Heide complex. This building was extended when Heide underwent major redevelopments in 2005–06. Also during this period, the Sidney Myer Education Centre was built, Heide II and the surrounding gardens were restored, and new facilities were constructed.
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  • Heidi is always changing. It is the birthplace of Australian modernism, but its complex interactions are always revealing' Today there was a display of works by Albert Tucker, and also a... 
    Heidi is always changing. It is the birthplace of Australian modernism, but its complex interactions are always revealing' Today there was a display of works by Albert Tucker, and also a...  more »
  • There are 2 'sections' to Heide MoMa - indoors and outdoors. You are free to roam outside to view the outdoor exhibits that are spread out over a wide area, There is also a kitchen garden. You have... 
    There are 2 'sections' to Heide MoMa - indoors and outdoors. You are free to roam outside to view the outdoor exhibits that are spread out over a wide area, There is also a kitchen garden. You have...  more »
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  • Beautiful day out at the Museum of Modern Art! Impromptu visit to see Sidney Nolan’s works that is currently exhibited. Friendly staff at counter made our visit delightful. Directions, a map and away we went! Had to check out the 15 acres of garden housing the sculptures, some of which are captured in my photos below. The lawn on a less warm day would have been lovely to lay on and read a book! There are oak trees in the garden that gives nice shade. Oh and check out the veggie and herb garden while there!
  • Certainly a must visit for contemporary art lovers in Melbourne, also great place to stroll around, Staff are lovely and helpful in the museum, cafe and farm house - wherever we went. We saw the Sidney Nolan exhibition! Great architecture, sculptures, art and the surroundings :) It would have been great for the tourists if it was easier to access by public transport!

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