Albert Tucker, Barbara Tucker in the banana shed, Springbrook, Queensland c.1970, gelatin silver photograph, 30.5 x 40.7 cm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Barbara Tucker 2001, © Estate of Barbara Tucker, Courtesy of Sotheby’s Australia
From 22 August 2015, Heide Museum of Modern Art will present In Fond Memory: The Barbara Tucker Gift, an exhibition that will commemorate Barbara Tucker’s extraordinary contribution to Heide and celebrate her continuing presence in the life of the museum.
On 16 May 2015 Heide Museum of Modern Art sadly lost one of its most treasured friends and supporters. Barbara Tucker had a long association with Heide, initially as a personal acquaintance of John and Sunday Reed with her late husband, artist Albert Tucker, then during the evolution of the museum as Heide Fellow (2000), Life Benefactor (2004) and Co-Patron.
Prior to Albert’s death in 1999, the Tuckers offered Heide a major donation of artworks, to be transferred progressively over a number of years. To their minds it was a fitting acknowledgement of the role the Reeds had played in both Albert’s nascent career, and those of a number of artists in Melbourne in the late 1930s and 1940s who received their encouragement and support. Heide was a place where a life in art was made possible, thus Albert and Barbara envisaged their donation to the museum as the completion of a circle.
The Tucker Gift is a collection of national significance. As well as over 200 paintings representing the breadth of Albert’s oeuvre, including his foremost themes and some of his finest achievements, it includes significant paintings and drawings from his and Barbara’s holdings by Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Danila Vassilieff. In recent years Barbara’s vision has seen this collection complemented by her donation of Albert’s personal library of art books and a rich archive of material that sits alongside his extensive art practice—sketchbooks, writings, catalogues, correspondence, photographs, and press clippings—in all, an invaluable resource.
Exhibition Programs (Free with admission)
Talk | The Barbara Tucker Gift
Saturday 29 August, 2pm | Venue Heide III: Albert & Barbara Tucker Gallery
Curator Kendrah Morgan discusses Barbara Tucker’s extraordinary gift to Heide of more than 200 important artworks by Albert Tucker and other acclaimed artists of his generation.
Exhibition Tours Every Friday with a Volunteer Guide 4 September – 27 November, 2pm; Saturday 12 September, 2pm; Sunday 27 September, 2pm