Sunday, 28 October 2012

HEIDE GARDENS

Heide Museum of Modern Art, more commonly just "Heide", is a contemporary art museum located in Bulleen, east of Melbourne, Australia. Established in 1981, the museum comprises several detached buildings and surrounding gardens and parklands of historical importance that are used as gallery spaces to exhibit works in various mediums by contemporary Australian artists.

The museum occupies the site of a former dairy farm that was purchased by the prominent Melbourne art collectors John and Sunday Reed in 1934 and became home to a collective known as the Heide Circle, which included many of Australia's best-known modernist painters, such as: Albert Tucker, Sidney Nolan, Laurence Hope, Joy Hester and others, who lived and worked in the former farm house (Heide I).

Between 1964 and 1967, a new residence was built (Heide II). It is considered to be one of the finest examples of modernist architecture in Victoria. In 1981, the museum was established on the site, incorporating the existing buildings and surrounding gardens & parklands as exhibition and gallery spaces. A dedicated gallery building (Heide III) was constructed in 1993 and the museum continued to broaden its collection of works to include all forms of contemporary Australian art, including some by contemporary Indigenous artists.

The museum underwent major redevelopment in 2005-06 which included the installation of several sculptural and installation art pieces, landscaping & redesign of the gardens, construction of a new education centre and gallery space, extension of the Heide III building and various other works. The gardens and parklands surrounding the museum are a joy to wander through at any season.

This post is part of the Scenic Sunday meme,
and also part of the Shadow Shot Sunday meme.










9 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place, Nick! I would love spending time there soaking up the beauty! I do love your captures for the day!!

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  2. looks like a very peaceful place....Lovely atmosphere to house great paintings.

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  3. What a lovely garden walk through. I love the gates and the shadows.

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  4. What a beautiful place. The Iris are so pretty. I will miss seeing them bloom in 2013, but perhaps our daughter will send some pictures. The little girl in your image is so precious. :)

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  5. Such a delightful garden.

    My Shadow Shots
    Have a great week ahead.

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  6. Beautiful place to walk and reflect.

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  7. Another place I knew nothing about Nick. Thanks for sharing. The gardens look quite extensive and the lushness and greenery just jumps off the screen.

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