A must see, and one of the cultural treasures on Melbourne, although, geographically, it is somewhat off the beaten track in the NE suburb of Bulleen.
Originally the home of John and Sunday Reid, it was THE bohemian address in Melbourne in the 1930s/40s/1950s and the centre for the Angry Penguins (Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Albert Tucker etc...). Original home (Heide I)has been renovated and opened to the public. Contains a sanitised version of thei life style that went on here, alongside exhibitions predominantly of contemporaries of the Reids.
Heide II is the award-winning home the Reeds moved to in the 50s adjacent to the old home. Straight lines, glass, concrete and fabulous little hideway sculpture courtyards. The main exhibition centre until Heide III was built. Contains much of the permanent collection of the Museum.
Heide III is a sensitive continuation of Heide II and is now a state of the art gallery space which hosts contemporary exhibitions in a wonderful clean-lined, modern environment that is not overpowering.
And then there are the extensive grounds - sculpture garden, kitchen garden, wild flower garden, vegetable patch, orchards, river bank, fields. Its easily a place to spend a day - chill out in the parkland with a picnic, intersperse it with a picnic among the corrugated iron painted cows....
Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday.
Admission: $A12 for all 3 galleries (grounds are free of charge).
Unfortunately this gallery is not the easiest place to get to.
A series of little galleries which exhibit wonderful contemporary exhibitions. Tours and talk about the works and the venue are available.
The cafe is relaxing and the coffee is wonderful.