Heide Museum of Modern Art is nothing short of an Australian art icon.
Occupying a truly unique place in Melbourne's art community, Heide is one part contemporary art gallery, one part historical art museum and one part heritage park.
Set on vast farmland, Heide Museum of Modern Art was once home of important arts philanthropists John and Sunday Reed. The couple purchased the property in 1934 and went on to host many of Australia's pioneering Modernist artists, including Mike Brown, Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd, John Perceval, Sidney Nolan (who painted 26 of the 27 esteemed Ned Kelly series pieces on the property), and Joy Hester among many others.
Nowadays it is a heritage site as well as a modern and contemporary art museum, consisting of the Reeds' original cottage (now known as Heide I), a superb Modernist architectural icon Heide II that was commissioned as a new home to the Reeds in 1963, as well as Heide III – additional exhibition spaces that were initially built in the early ’90s, and redeveloped recently between 2005 and 2006.
Taking a stroll across Heide's vast surrounding acres, it is impossible to not soak up all that has taken place at the site; Heide Museum of Modern Art is certainly living history.