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Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide Museum of Modern Art Heide offers an inspiring, educational and thought-provoking experience of modern and contemporary art, architecture and landscape. Heide Museum of Modern Art began life in 1934 as the home of John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into one of Australia's most important cultural institutions.

Heide, as it is affectionately known, has built a national reputation based upon the vision of the Reeds and their role in the development and promotion of modern art in Australia. Inspired by the Reeds' nurturing of the young artists of their generation, Heide continues to support the contemporary art of today through its collection and exhibition program.

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From 1948 and into the 1950s Sidney Nolan’s preoccupation with paradise and, increasingly, its inversion, found new expr...
16/04/2022

From 1948 and into the 1950s Sidney Nolan’s preoccupation with paradise and, increasingly, its inversion, found new expression as he turned to the Australian outback as a subject. His interest in the continent’s interior began with his first aeroplane flight in 1947, when he was riveted by the lucidity of form, colour and light that the aerial perspective and panoramic views afforded. Subsequent travels in northern Queensland, and Central, far north and Western Australia consolidated his conclusion that the ‘implacable, beautiful’ Australian landscape was ‘God’s gift to the world!’

In depicting the Australian desert Nolan reflected on the historical narratives of the various European explorers who attempted to traverse it, particularly the story of the ill-fated expedition of 1861 led by Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills. In Burke at Cooper’s Creek, 1950, the burnt sienna terrain where the party established a supply depot seems hospitable enough, but in Burke and Wills Expedition, ‘Gray Sick’, 1949, it is distinctly the unpromised land for the dysentery-ridden Charles Gray strapped to his long-suffering camel. Ultimately it becomes an arid graveyard for Burke in Perished, 1949, his body subsumed into the ochre earth on which he failed to make his mark.

Installation view
Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise
Photograph: Clytie Meredith

#sidneynolan #searchforparadise #nowshowing #exhibition #australianart #heidehistory #artwork #heidemoma

To celebrate Mothers' Day this year, Melbourne jeweller and gallerist Melanie Katsalidis Jewellery has created a brand n...
15/04/2022

To celebrate Mothers' Day this year, Melbourne jeweller and gallerist Melanie Katsalidis Jewellery has created a brand new pendant as part of our Heide Editions series called ‘Joy’.

Mel says ‘I wanted to pay tribute to Joy Hester, one of the key female artists of the Heide circle and of Australian modernism. Her work often explores images of maternity and ... I'm fascinated with Hester’s poignant life as both a mother and an artist.'

These limited edition sterling silver pieces feature Australian Mintabe opals, and are produced by hand in small batches to a maximum of 40 pieces. The Joy pendant is now available for pre-order from the Heide Shop online and delivery in time to gift for Mothers' Day.

https://heide-store.myshopify.com/collections/melanie-katsalidis/products/heide-editions-br-melanie-katsalidis-br-joy-pendant-2022

#heideeditions #mothersday #heidelovesmums #mumsloveheide #gift #giftsformum #shoplocal #heideshop #heidemoma

Photograph: Clytie Meredith

The original kitchen in the iconic modernist building Heide Modern featured a built-in terrazzo-tiled bench with an inse...
14/04/2022

The original kitchen in the iconic modernist building Heide Modern featured a built-in terrazzo-tiled bench with an inset sink and cook-top, set into the eastern wall. The cupboards below were faced in horizontal pine boards with simple finger pulls instead of door handles, and above the bench ran a tiled shelf. On the western wall, three full-height cupboard doors concealed two pantries on either side of a refrigerator.

See the kitchen in Heide Modern when you visit current exhibition Listening to Music Played Backwards: Recent Acquisitions, showing until 31 July.

#heidehistory #heidemodern #melbournehistory #archive #fromthearchives #heidecollection #modernism #modernistarchitecture #modernisthourse #heideII #heidemoma

We are off and running with the school holiday programs at Heide! This week kids can design their own wearable T-shirt, ...
13/04/2022

We are off and running with the school holiday programs at Heide!

This week kids can design their own wearable T-shirt, learn how to create a multi-dimensional painting or make a dazzling micro sculpture that they can wear as a brooch!

Head to the website to book now:
https://www.heide.com.au/whats-on/events-programs...

Photograph: Clytie Meredith

#schoolholidays #artworkshops #kidsandfamilies #heideprograms #heidemoma

Emily Floyd’s interests in typography, graphic design and the modernist tradition of political posters reaching back to ...
12/04/2022

Emily Floyd’s interests in typography, graphic design and the modernist tradition of political posters reaching back to Russian Constructivism, and to 1970s political activism, led her naturally to the activity of printmaking. Working collaboratively with various print workshops, she has produced editions of etchings, lithographs and screen prints that often explore ideas of social and artistic utopia.

The entire series of thirty-two Field Libraries screenprints was donated by Floyd to Heide in 2019.

See this work and many more in our new exhibition Listening to Music Played Backwards: Recent Acquisitions, showing at Heide until 31 July

Emily Floyd, Negative Press, Trent Walter
Field Libraries # 40 2015
unique state screenprint on paper
97 x 70.5 cm
Heide Museum of Modern Art
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Emily Floyd 2019
© Emily Floyd

#newexhibition #exhibition #listeningtomusicplayedbackwards #recentacquisitions #heidemodern #heidecollection #nowshowing #heidemoma

Thinking about visiting Heide this Easter?  Here’s what you need to know:We are CLOSED on Good Friday (15/4), but OPEN e...
11/04/2022

Thinking about visiting Heide this Easter? Here’s what you need to know:

We are CLOSED on Good Friday (15/4), but OPEN every other day throughout Easter (16/4 to 18/4). Experience five exhibitions in the galleries and take a walk through the beautiful gardens. Plan your visit: heide.com.au/visit/plan-your-visit

#longweekend #easter #dayoff #holidays #heideisopen #autumn #love #loveheide #heidemoma

Photograph: Jeremy Weihrauch

The orchard located at the front of the Heide Cottage was planted by Sam Atyeo, Neil Douglas and John Reed in the 1930s....
10/04/2022

The orchard located at the front of the Heide Cottage was planted by Sam Atyeo, Neil Douglas and John Reed in the 1930s. The fruit trees were salvaged from the surrounding area when orchards were being carved up for new housing.

The Heide orchard consists of many different varieties of apples such as Rome Beauty, Yates, Stewarts Seedling and Five Crown Pippin, and they are ripening right now!

The gardening team have been busy harvesting and sharing them with the Heide Café who use them to create delicious dishes like apple and rhubarb crumble.

Photographs: David Murphy and Alice Crowe

#garden #apples #orchard #harvest #heidegardens #heidehistory #autumn #heidegardens #heidecafe #paddocktoplate #organic #localproduce #heidemoma

In early 1946 Sidney Nolan was living at Heide and working intensely on a body of work exploring the escapades of the no...
09/04/2022

In early 1946 Sidney Nolan was living at Heide and working intensely on a body of work exploring the escapades of the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang, resulting in a series that is his most recognisable achievement. Fulfilling Nolan’s aim to give visual form to an authentically Australian myth and place a popularly accessible narrative in front of the modernist landscape, the ‘Kellys’ are also embedded with allusions to the artist’s psychological state as his entanglement with the Reeds unravelled. The two paintings here from the broader group, Policeman in a Wombat Hole, and Kelly and Horse, both from 1946, contain inferences to this underlying narrative—the former is an absurdist illustration of hiding one’s head ‘in the sand’ to avoid an unpleasant reality while the latter suggests vigilance while taking flight. As the Kelly sequence drew to a close the curtain also came down on Nolan’s time at Heide, and on 8 July 1947 he departed for a holiday in Queensland from which he would never return. Within a year he would be living in Sydney, married to John Reed’s estranged younger sister Cynthia and embarking on a new path and a new life, the rupture with his former benefactors complete.

Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise is showing at Heide until 13 June.

#sidneynolan #searchforparadise #nowshowing #exhibition #australianart #nedkelly #kellyseries #heidehistory #heidemoma

Sidney Nolan
Kelly and Horse 1946
enamel paint on composition board
92.1 x 122.4 cm
Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra
© Canberra Museum and Gallery

Policeman in a Wombat Hole 1946
enamel on composition board
91.8 x 122.3 cm
Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra
© Canberra Museum and Gallery

It’s Mother’s Day next month and the Heide Shop is busy getting together for some great gift ideas for mum!Our pick this...
08/04/2022

It’s Mother’s Day next month and the Heide Shop is busy getting together for some great gift ideas for mum!

Our pick this week is the wonderful selection of Mirka Mora products. Whether it’s the exclusive Mirka pendant made by Mel Katsalidis as part of the Heide Editions, the fascinating publication about the artistic and culinary life of Mirka and Georges Mora written by Heide’s Artistic Director Lesley Harding and Head Curator Kendrah Morgan, or a multitude of products using Mirka’s fabulous artworks, there is sure to be something that every mum loves!

Visit us in store when you’re next at the museum or shop online any time: https://heide-store.myshopify.com/collections/mirka-mora

#mothersday #giftsformum #heidelovesmums #mumsloveheide #shoplocal #creativegifts #heideshop #heidemoma

NEW EXHIBITION! Listening to Music Played Backwards: Recent Acquisitions celebrates artworks in the Heide collection acq...
07/04/2022

NEW EXHIBITION!

Listening to Music Played Backwards: Recent Acquisitions celebrates artworks in the Heide collection acquired over the past decade. Taking its name from a sculpture in the collection by the Australian contemporary artist Jan Nelson, the exhibition brings historical and contemporary works into dialogue with one another, exploring connections between artists across time in unexpected ways.

See it from this Saturday in Heide Modern.

#newexhibition #exhibition #listeningtomusicplayedbackwards #recentacquisitions #heidemodern #heidecollection #nowshowing #heidemoma

Jan Nelson
Listening to Music Played Backwards (Hazelwood) 2006
alpha system, oil paint, polyurethane, vinyl
75 x 210 cm
Gift of Jan Nelson 2012
© the artist

Joy Hester
Love I 1949
brush and ink on paper on cardboard
38 x 35.5 cm, 54 x 64 cm
Purchased with funds donated by Nancy Underhill 2018
© Estate of Joy Hester, licensed by Copyright Agency, Australia

School holidays start next week!We have plenty of great workshops to keep the kids busy and inspired this autumn. From c...
06/04/2022

School holidays start next week!

We have plenty of great workshops to keep the kids busy and inspired this autumn. From creating wearable T-shirts and sculptures out of clay or string to learning about the healing garden at Heide, there really is something for every budding artist!

Head to the website to check out the full program and book: https://www.heide.com.au/whats-on/events-programs?category=111

#schoolholidays #artworkshops #kidsandfamilies #heideprograms #heidemoma

Photographs: Clytie Meredith

In 1932, two years before John and Sunday Reed purchased the Heide property, John’s youngest sister Cynthia Reed opened ...
05/04/2022

In 1932, two years before John and Sunday Reed purchased the Heide property, John’s youngest sister Cynthia Reed opened a progressive modernist shop in Melbourne. Reed had recently returned from a two-year working holiday in Europe when she leased 52A Collins Street to sell the latest hand-printed fabrics, furniture, paintings, prints and pottery. The gallery-style shop quickly became a meeting place and platform for modern artists and designers in the formative period of their careers. Simply known as 52A Collins Street or Cynthia Reed’s studio, it was part of a growing wave of new organisations that were advancing innovative practices and philosophies in an otherwise artistically conservative city.

Learn more in House of Ideas: Cynthia Reed’s Studio, showing in the Heide Cottage until 29 May. Join the exhibition tours every Wednesday at 2pm.

https://www.heide.com.au/exhibitions/house-ideas-cynthia-reed%E2%80%99s-studio

Cynthia Reed, Clarice Zander and Sam Atyeo c.1931
exhibition print from gelatin silver photograph
Jean Langley Papers
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

Installation view featuring works by Michael O’Connell
House of Ideas: Cynthia Reed’s Studio
Photograph: Christian Capurro

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Train (Hurstbridge line) to Heidelberg station and bus #903 (Mordialloc bound) to Heide. Disembark at the Bridge Street/Manningham Road stop. Estimated bus travel time is 5-10 minutes. Walk to Heide through Banksia Park, via pedestrian path next to the Helmet sculpture

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From 1948 and into the 1950s Sidney Nolan’s preoccupation with paradise and, increasingly, its inversion, found new expression as he turned to the Australian outback as a subject. His interest in the continent’s interior began with his first aeroplane flight in 1947, when he was riveted by the lucidity of form, colour and light that the aerial perspective and panoramic views afforded. Subsequent travels in northern Queensland, and Central, far north and Western Australia consolidated his conclusion that the ‘implacable, beautiful’ Australian landscape was ‘God’s gift to the world!’ In depicting the Australian desert Nolan reflected on the historical narratives of the various European explorers who attempted to traverse it, particularly the story of the ill-fated expedition of 1861 led by Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills. In Burke at Cooper’s Creek, 1950, the burnt sienna terrain where the party established a supply depot seems hospitable enough, but in Burke and Wills Expedition, ‘Gray Sick’, 1949, it is distinctly the unpromised land for the dysentery-ridden Charles Gray strapped to his long-suffering camel. Ultimately it becomes an arid graveyard for Burke in Perished, 1949, his body subsumed into the ochre earth on which he failed to make his mark. Installation view Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise Photograph: Clytie Meredith #sidneynolan #searchforparadise #nowshowing #exhibition #australianart #heidehistory #artwork #heidemoma
To celebrate Mothers' Day this year, Melbourne jeweller and gallerist Melanie Katsalidis Jewellery has created a brand new pendant as part of our Heide Editions series called ‘Joy’. Mel says ‘I wanted to pay tribute to Joy Hester, one of the key female artists of the Heide circle and of Australian modernism. Her work often explores images of maternity and ... I'm fascinated with Hester’s poignant life as both a mother and an artist.' These limited edition sterling silver pieces feature Australian Mintabe opals, and are produced by hand in small batches to a maximum of 40 pieces. The Joy pendant is now available for pre-order from the Heide Shop online and delivery in time to gift for Mothers' Day. https://heide-store.myshopify.com/collections/melanie-katsalidis/products/heide-editions-br-melanie-katsalidis-br-joy-pendant-2022 #heideeditions #mothersday #heidelovesmums #mumsloveheide #gift #giftsformum #shoplocal #heideshop #heidemoma Photograph: Clytie Meredith
The original kitchen in the iconic modernist building Heide Modern featured a built-in terrazzo-tiled bench with an inset sink and cook-top, set into the eastern wall. The cupboards below were faced in horizontal pine boards with simple finger pulls instead of door handles, and above the bench ran a tiled shelf. On the western wall, three full-height cupboard doors concealed two pantries on either side of a refrigerator. See the kitchen in Heide Modern when you visit current exhibition Listening to Music Played Backwards: Recent Acquisitions, showing until 31 July. #heidehistory #heidemodern #melbournehistory #archive #fromthearchives #heidecollection #modernism #modernistarchitecture #modernisthourse #heideII #heidemoma
We are off and running with the school holiday programs at Heide! This week kids can design their own wearable T-shirt, learn how to create a multi-dimensional painting or make a dazzling micro sculpture that they can wear as a brooch! Head to the website to book now: https://www.heide.com.au/whats-on/events-programs... Photograph: Clytie Meredith #schoolholidays #artworkshops #kidsandfamilies #heideprograms #heidemoma
Emily Floyd’s interests in typography, graphic design and the modernist tradition of political posters reaching back to Russian Constructivism, and to 1970s political activism, led her naturally to the activity of printmaking. Working collaboratively with various print workshops, she has produced editions of etchings, lithographs and screen prints that often explore ideas of social and artistic utopia. The entire series of thirty-two Field Libraries screenprints was donated by Floyd to Heide in 2019. See this work and many more in our new exhibition Listening to Music Played Backwards: Recent Acquisitions, showing at Heide until 31 July Emily Floyd, Negative Press, Trent Walter Field Libraries # 40 2015 unique state screenprint on paper 97 x 70.5 cm Heide Museum of Modern Art Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Emily Floyd 2019 © Emily Floyd #newexhibition #exhibition #listeningtomusicplayedbackwards #recentacquisitions #heidemodern #heidecollection #nowshowing #heidemoma
Thinking about visiting Heide this Easter? Here’s what you need to know: We are CLOSED on Good Friday (15/4), but OPEN every other day throughout Easter (16/4 to 18/4). Experience five exhibitions in the galleries and take a walk through the beautiful gardens. Plan your visit: heide.com.au/visit/plan-your-visit #longweekend #easter #dayoff #holidays #heideisopen #autumn #love #loveheide #heidemoma Photograph: Jeremy Weihrauch
The orchard located at the front of the Heide Cottage was planted by Sam Atyeo, Neil Douglas and John Reed in the 1930s. The fruit trees were salvaged from the surrounding area when orchards were being carved up for new housing. The Heide orchard consists of many different varieties of apples such as Rome Beauty, Yates, Stewarts Seedling and Five Crown Pippin, and they are ripening right now! The gardening team have been busy harvesting and sharing them with the Heide Café who use them to create delicious dishes like apple and rhubarb crumble. Photographs: David Murphy and Alice Crowe #garden #apples #orchard #harvest #heidegardens #heidehistory #autumn #heidegardens #heidecafe #paddocktoplate #organic #localproduce #heidemoma
In early 1946 Sidney Nolan was living at Heide and working intensely on a body of work exploring the escapades of the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang, resulting in a series that is his most recognisable achievement. Fulfilling Nolan’s aim to give visual form to an authentically Australian myth and place a popularly accessible narrative in front of the modernist landscape, the ‘Kellys’ are also embedded with allusions to the artist’s psychological state as his entanglement with the Reeds unravelled. The two paintings here from the broader group, Policeman in a Wombat Hole, and Kelly and Horse, both from 1946, contain inferences to this underlying narrative—the former is an absurdist illustration of hiding one’s head ‘in the sand’ to avoid an unpleasant reality while the latter suggests vigilance while taking flight. As the Kelly sequence drew to a close the curtain also came down on Nolan’s time at Heide, and on 8 July 1947 he departed for a holiday in Queensland from which he would never return. Within a year he would be living in Sydney, married to John Reed’s estranged younger sister Cynthia and embarking on a new path and a new life, the rupture with his former benefactors complete. Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise is showing at Heide until 13 June. #sidneynolan #searchforparadise #nowshowing #exhibition #australianart #nedkelly #kellyseries #heidehistory #heidemoma Sidney Nolan Kelly and Horse 1946 enamel paint on composition board 92.1 x 122.4 cm Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra © Canberra Museum and Gallery Policeman in a Wombat Hole 1946 enamel on composition board 91.8 x 122.3 cm Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra © Canberra Museum and Gallery
It’s Mother’s Day next month and the Heide Shop is busy getting together for some great gift ideas for mum! Our pick this week is the wonderful selection of Mirka Mora products. Whether it’s the exclusive Mirka pendant made by Mel Katsalidis as part of the Heide Editions, the fascinating publication about the artistic and culinary life of Mirka and Georges Mora written by Heide’s Artistic Director Lesley Harding and Head Curator Kendrah Morgan, or a multitude of products using Mirka’s fabulous artworks, there is sure to be something that every mum loves! Visit us in store when you’re next at the museum or shop online any time: https://heide-store.myshopify.com/collections/mirka-mora #mothersday #giftsformum #heidelovesmums #mumsloveheide #shoplocal #creativegifts #heideshop #heidemoma
NEW EXHIBITION! Listening to Music Played Backwards: Recent Acquisitions celebrates artworks in the Heide collection acquired over the past decade. Taking its name from a sculpture in the collection by the Australian contemporary artist Jan Nelson, the exhibition brings historical and contemporary works into dialogue with one another, exploring connections between artists across time in unexpected ways. See it from this Saturday in Heide Modern. #newexhibition #exhibition #listeningtomusicplayedbackwards #recentacquisitions #heidemodern #heidecollection #nowshowing #heidemoma Jan Nelson Listening to Music Played Backwards (Hazelwood) 2006 alpha system, oil paint, polyurethane, vinyl 75 x 210 cm Gift of Jan Nelson 2012 © the artist Joy Hester Love I 1949 brush and ink on paper on cardboard 38 x 35.5 cm, 54 x 64 cm Purchased with funds donated by Nancy Underhill 2018 © Estate of Joy Hester, licensed by Copyright Agency, Australia
School holidays start next week! We have plenty of great workshops to keep the kids busy and inspired this autumn. From creating wearable T-shirts and sculptures out of clay or string to learning about the healing garden at Heide, there really is something for every budding artist! Head to the website to check out the full program and book: https://www.heide.com.au/whats-on/events-programs?category=111 #schoolholidays #artworkshops #kidsandfamilies #heideprograms #heidemoma Photographs: Clytie Meredith