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Heide Museum of Modern Art

  • Art
  • Bulleen
  1. Heide MOMA 1 (Photograph: Jeremy Weihrauch)
    Photograph: Jeremy WeihrauchHeide III
  2. Heide MOMA 2 (Photograph: Jeremy Weihrauch)
    Photograph: Jeremy WeihrauchHeide III interior
  3. Heide MOMA 3 (Photograph: John Gollings)
    Photograph: John GollingsHeide II
  4. Heide MOMA 4 (Photograph: Christian Capurro)
    Photograph: Christian CapurroHeide II, interior
  5. Heide MOMA 5 (Photograph: John Gollings)
    Photograph: John GollingsHeide I
  6. Heide MOMA 6 (Photograph: Jeremy Weihrauch)
    Photograph: Jeremy WeihrauchNeil Taylor 'Theoretical Matter', 1999-2000, Heide Sculpture Park

Time Out says

The museum comprises three core buildings – Heide I, II and III – as well as a new restaurant, extensive gardens and a sculpture park

The Heide Museum of Modern Art is a torchbearer for Australian modernism and contemporary Australian art. Set on 6.5 hectares of parkland with five gallery spaces, award-winning architecture and a collection of more than 3,6000 works of art, Heide has long served as a meeting point and creative hub.

Once a significant Wurundjeri gathering place, the site later attracted the artists of the Australian Impressionist School before becoming the home of art patrons John and Sunday Reed.

In 1934, the Reeds bought and settled on the site, naming it the Heide after the town of Heidelberg just across the river. Over the next decade, they turned Heide into a sanctuary for artists, writers and thinkers who shared their progressive social and cultural ideals. The Angry Penguins (including painters Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, Arthur Boyd and John Perceval) alternately lived, worked and played here in the 1940s.

The Museum comprises of three core buildings – Heide I, II and III – as well as extensive gardens and a sculpture park. 

Heide I is the Reeds' original farmstead, while Heide II is a slice of modernist architecture designed by David McGlashan in 1964 when the family outgrew their original digs.

After the Reeds passed away in 1981, the public art museum and sculpture park were established, and a larger building was built, with its zinc facade now the distinctive, recognisable face of Heide MOMA.

In addition to the three museum spaces, there is a gift shop and the recently opened Heide Kitchen by the award-winning Melbourne-based hospitality group. 

Following a refurbishment of the previously named Heide Cafe, Heide Kitchen will feature a diverse and rotating menu of simple yet elevated plates for breakfast and lunch inspired by the seasonal produce of Heide's garden.

As well as dining in, guests will also have the option of enjoying a takeaway coffee or sandwich from the coffee cart or to go al fresco in Heide's sprawling gardens and sculpture gardens by purchasing a picnic basket.

Check out our hit list of the best galleries in Melbourne.

Written by
Saffron Swire


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What’s on

Barbara Hepworth

  • Sculpture and installations

As a first for Australia, the Heide Museum of Modern Art are set to showcase over 40 artworks by acclaimed British artist Dame Barbara Hepworth DBE within its main gallery. The exhibition, Barbara Hepworth: In Equilibrium, is a rare opportunity for Australian audiences to see the sheer genius of one of the world’s greatest sculptors – up close and personal.  On display at the Heide from November 5, 2022, to March 13, 2023, works from both noteworthy international and national collections are set to be included, each telling part of the remarkable story of the creative talent that was Barbara Hepworth. Designed by the award-winning architects from Studio Bright, the exhibition notes the trajectory of her artistic career – from early marble carvings to large-scale abstract works. Drawing from the sculptures' love and admiration for nature in all its forms, the exhibition will exist in conversation with the surrounding natural landscape. As a figurehead for the modernist movement in sculpture in 20th century Britain, Hepworth is widely known and recognised for her abstract sculptures. The method of ‘piercing’ the form has also been attributed to her innovation and is seen throughout many of her works. In preparation for the exhibition, “Barbara Hepworth’s contribution to the evolution of modern art cannot be overestimated," says the museum’s head curator Kendrah Morgan. "Hepworth’s combination of modernist reductive form and timeless materials produces its own particular magic.

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