Last weekend I was in the mood for a nice day trip from Melbourne. I remembered the Heide Museum of Modern Art. In 1934 John and Sunday Reed (nee Baillieu) bought an old dairy farm and began with a shared vision of what they wanted to create. Together they built a place for progressive artists to come to learn, share, collaborate. Sidney Nolan lived there on and off over a ten year period and the legendary Ned Kelly series was painted in their dining room. John and Sunday were actively involved in the arts community in Australia and many artists such as Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, John Perceval and Danila Vassilieff spent time at Heide. Heide itself is a beautiful place, with rolling green hills and artworks installed all throughout the grounds. You can visit the Heide I, II and III – three separate buildings on the site now dedicated to displaying exhibitions. I had the good fortune to see some of Albert Tucker’s work.
Heide is just so beautiful, you can really feel the heart and soul in the place. When I feel inspired like this, the camera must come out to tell the story in beautiful images. Hours and hours were spent in the gardens, crafting and shaping the spaces and integrating some incredible artworks. There’s also a wonderful vegetable garden and seasonal ingredients are used at Café Vue at Heide, which is under the ownership of the Vue de Monde brand. A lush lunch followed for me.
When I first walked in and saw this installation, I went back to the car for the camera.
I looked but couldn’t see the placard with artist details.
Seasonal vegetables for the kitchen.
The Reeds documented their journey here, and John had taken a picture of this oak when it was first planted.
Talk about long-term planning!
Savage, 1982, by Paul Hopmeier.
Cows, 1987, by Jeff Thompson.
Theoretical Matter, 1999-2000 by Neil Taylor.
Stein Path, 1999-2000 by Janet Burchill (inpired by Gertrude Stein).
Basket and Wave (From Dreams and Nightmares. Journey of a Broken Weave), 1984 by Dennis Oppenheim.
As I walked up to this I thought ‘it looks like it’s unfurling’.
Sure enough, it’s called Unfurling, and was made in 2006 by Andrew Rogers.
This is part of building Heide II, the second building that the Reeds lived in.
It’s so cleverly integrated into the natural environment.
And this lady is just beautifully placed with the wall and the light falling down on her.
Mary Magdalene, 1978-1983 by George Baldessin.
It started to rain, and it was time for lunch, so I went into Cafe Vue.
The Heide Museum of Modern Artis located at 7 Templestowe Road Bulleen, not far from Melbourne CBD. Well worth the visit and what really struck me was that the Reeds wanted to create a legacy, and they absolutely did that.