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HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART – MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

January 4, 2016

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART – MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Heide Museum of Modern Art, or Heide as it is affectionately known, is a modern and contemporary art museum located in Bulleen, east of Melbourne, Australia. Established in 1981, the museum comprises several detached buildings and surrounding gardens of historical importance that are used as gallery spaces to exhibit works in various mediums by contemporary Australian artists. Heide is unique within the context of Melbourne’s cultural sector as it brings together art, gardens and architecture, as well as a rich social and artistic history.

The museum occupies the site of a former dairy farm that was purchased by the prominent Melbourne art benefactors 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 1980, the Reeds sold Heide II, most of the adjoining property and significant works from their art collection to the Victorian State Government after several years of negotiations for the creation of a public art gallery and park. The main gallery (Heide III) was constructed in 1993 and the Heide Collection has since expanded through many individual gifts as well as four significant collections—the Museum of Modern Art and Design Collection, the Baillieu Myer Collection of the 80s, the Barrett Reid Collection, and most recently, the Albert Tucker Gift donated by Barbara Tucker.

Gardens and Sculpture Park

The fifteen acres of landscape at Heide have been developed over several decades in tandem with its art and architecture. When John and Sunday Reed purchased Heide in 1934, it was a neglected former dairy farm. They immediately set about establishing a Provençal-inspired kitchen garden adjacent to the original farmhouse and initiated a major planting program. Today, the cultivated landscape includes a sculpture park with over thirty sculptures, several of the original gardens which are now heritage listed, an Indigenous Remnant Conservation Zone and a diverse range of exotic trees, unusual roses, herbs, flowers and vegetables.

 

HERE ARE SOME WORKS IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN:

 

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RINGS OF SATURN – INGE KING – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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COWS – JEFF THOMPSON – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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PETER D. COLE – RED HILL, BLACK HILL, GREEN HILL – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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HANY ARMANIOUS – FOUNTAIN – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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HANY ARMANIOUS – FOUNTAIN – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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NEIL TAYLOR – THEORETICAL MATTER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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SIMRYN GILL   –   HALF MOON SHINE    –    HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (DETAIL)

 

 

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HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

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DENNIS OPPENHEIM – BASKET AND WAVE (FROM DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES) – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ANDREW ROGERS   –   UNFURLING    –    HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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DAVID WILSON   –   SMALL SCULPTURE FOR MY GRANDMOTHER’S VASE    –    HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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PETER RPSMAN   –   SCALES    –    HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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DAVID TOLLEY   –   LADY IN WATING    –    HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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DAVID TOLLEY   –   MAN/WOMAN CIRCA 1966   –   HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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JANET BURCHILL    –    STEIN PATH    –       HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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YVONNE KENDALL    –    UNDER FELT-DONKEY    –    HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

 

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GEOFFREY BARTLETT  –  CIRCUS BY THE SEA   –   HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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HERE IS THE WORK OF ALBERT TUCKER

ALBERT TUCKER

Artist, Born 1914, Melbourne Vic, Died 1999

Albert Tucker is one of Australia’s most influential artists. Born in Melbourne in 1914, he has worked as a house painter, commercial illustrator, cartoonist and professional artist.

Influenced by the poetry of T.S. Eliot, surrealism and German Expressionism, Tucker explored the human condition through his art. In 1947, he travelled to Japan, where he saw the devastation of Hiroshima – an experience that had a profound effect on his work.

Tucker spent 13 years in Europe. His international career finally took off when the Guggenheim Museum purchased some of his work and the Museum of Modern Art in New York mounted an exhibition. During the 1960s, he began to enjoy considerable popularity at home. All major Australian galleries acquired his work and in 1990 a retrospective of his paintings drew over 90,000 visitors.

SUE CRAMER, CURATOR AT HEIDE,  “This exhibition traces Albert Tucker’s persistent fascination with outsiders, here conveyed through his haunting depictions of explorers and intruders, tragic and often menacing figures who trespass upon the Australian bush.”

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

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ALBERT TUCKER – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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PHILIP NOLAN – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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ALEKS DANKO

ALEKS DANKO MY FELLOW AUS-TRA-ALIENS

Date:

7 November 2015 21 February 2016

FELLOW AUS-TRA-ALIENS presents artworks spanning nearly five decades of the long career of Victorian-based artist Aleks Danko, from his earliest exhibitions in the late 1960s through to his recent installations.

Born in Adelaide in 1950 to Ukrainian émigré parents, Danko began making art as a teenager in his family’s garage. After studying at the South Australian School of Art he moved to Sydney in 1971, where he was a central figure in the city’s conceptual art movement. There the young artist began his art practice as he would continue: mining the complexities of lived experience and pricking the collective social conscience, using sculpture, performance and process as his means

HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS FROM THIS  COLLECTION:

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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ALEKS DANKO – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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ALEX SELENITSCH LIFE/TEXT

 

24 OCTOBER  17 APRIL 2016

ALEX SELENITSCH

Alex Selenitsch is a Melbourne-based poet and architect and is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. He was the Gordon Darling Fellow, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, in 2001. He practices as an architect, poet, sculptor; writes reviews of art, craft, and design for various journals and works collaboratively in artists books and in theatre. His first solo show of concrete poetry was in Melbourne in 1969; since then has exhibited largely in Melbourne and Brisbane. His work is generally high concept/low tech, and often uses found objects and received systems.

Alex Selenitsch has a long connection to Heide as a result of his friendship with Sweeney Reed, the adopted son of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed. In 1969 Sweeney’s Strines Gallery was the venue for Selenitsch’s debut exhibition of concrete poetry, the first showing in Australia of this new art form. Several of these important early ‘visual poems’—as concrete poetry is also known—have been brought together for this five-decade survey of Selenitsch’s career. They are displayed alongside works in a range of media from poem–prints to artist’s books, collages and sculptures.

Since the late 1960s, Selenitsch’s practice has combined aspects of his education and work in architecture with his pursuits as a poet and artist. A unifying theme is the use and spatial manipulation of letters, words and objects to create an incisive, conceptual play between meaning and form. This is seen most directly in his three-dimensional creations, but also in concrete poems that likewise present a spatially fertile field. In these works, typographic elements and material properties are as significant in conveying ideas as words themselves.

The title of this exhibition is borrowed from a body of work that typifies Selenitsch’s poetic recycling of everyday and salvaged materials, another constant in his approach. His LIFE/TEXT series, the centrepiece of which is a concrete poem in the form of a life-size door, is among his many creations that explore the way that text and language function within the fabric of life rather than merely describing it.

 

 

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ALEX SELENITSCH – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEX SELENITSCH – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEX SELENITSCH – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEX SELENITSCH – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

 

 

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ALEX SELENITSCH – HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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PHOTOS:

LEONARD EPSTEIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. May 9, 2017 3:54 am

    Ninha Marques diuo!:Amigãs!eQse qualidade é essa ai?!Adorei demais o texto e fico feliz por você estar vivendo experiências tão boas e jamais pensadas!Estou ansiosa para o próximo post, e nos traga novidades ÓTIMAS!Muitas saudades!Beijo

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