Heide Museum of Modern Art
Art, architecture and atmosphere
The Heide Museum of Modern Art is located in Bulleen, just 15 minutes drive from Melbourne's CBD.
Heide has a changing program of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and design, and stages events that celebrate the Museum's unique synthesis of art, architecture, landscape and heritage. Its beautiful gardens offer an insight into the creative inspiration felt by so many of the artists who spent time here.
The property was originally purchased by John and Sunday Reed in 1934 and was named 'Heide' in reference to the nearby town of Heidelberg. The Reeds had broad intellectual interests in art, politics, literature, poetry and a great passion for gardening and Heide became a haven for artists, writers, musicians and garden lovers.
Today the Museum consists of several main elements:
- Heide I, John and Sunday Reed's original home
- Heide II, an award-winning modernist home - a 'gallery to be lived in' - built for the Reeds between 1964 and 1967 by architect David McGlashan
- Heide III, which was opened to the public in 1993
- the Sidney Myer Education Centre, a dynamic learning and thinking space for teachers, students, and community groups
- the gardens at Heide which are as integral to the Museum as the artworks themselves. The 16-acre site is an ever-varying, tranquil environment of majestic trees, shrubs, flowering plants and paddocks that extend down to the banks of the Yarra River
- plus the Connie Kimberley Sculpture Park, the Tony & Cathie Hancy Sculpture Plaza, the Heide Store, and the Heide Cafe.
Rick Amor, Running man (1995-96), bronze, Heide Museum of Modern Art Collection, Purchased with funds donated by an anonymous donor and Christine Collingwood (1995)
© Rick Amor & John Gollings. Photo: John Gollings (2006)
Visitors at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Architect: O’Connor + Houle Architecture. Photographer: John Gollings (2007)
© John Gollings