Making History celebrates the influential role of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed in the development of Australian art and intellectual culture from the 1930s right up to the early 1980s. The Reeds’ first home at Heide, the Victorian farmhouse now referred to as Heide I, provides the setting for a changing selection of art works, archival material and personal effects which reveal the range of their activities and commitments: as art collectors and benefactors; as instigators of significant cultural organisations; and as cultivators of their extensive property, developed so that one day it would become a public gallery and park for all to enjoy.
The first display features works by the revolutionary and now highly acclaimed artists who congregated at Heide during the watershed years of the 1940s: Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Albert Tucker and Danila Vassilieff—today collectively known as the Angry Penguins, after the progressive journal published by the Reeds and writer Max Harris during this decade.
Exhibition Dates: 16th April to 6th November 2016
Location: Heide II, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105. Ph: (03) 9850 1500
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, Public holidays, 10am-5pm. Cost (includes entrance to other Heide galleries) $18/$14, Children under 12 and Members – Free.
Curator: Linda Short