Exhibition / Heide Modern: a Space Between

Melbourne / until July 14th
John reading the newspaper, Heide Modern, c. 1975, photographer unknown.
Image: Courtesy of Heide Museum of Modern Art Archive, Melbourne

When Heide founders John and Sunday Reed moved from the old cottage on the property into Heide II in 1968, it was their dream that the award-winning modernist house would one day become home to a public art museum. Commissioned as a ‘gallery to be lived in’ and designed by the architect David McGlashan, Heide Modern as it is now known has since hosted and inspired numerous art projects and become a significant architectural destination in its own right.

Heide Modern: A Space Between explores the concept of home as a site where conversations, recreation, labour, intimate relationships and closely held values and beliefs cohabitate, and considers how architecture shapes lived experience. The exhibition reflects on ideas of memory and domesticity, and the intersection of private and public life in the context of a former residence that is now a much-loved museum.

The original McGlashan furniture is displayed alongside a selection of artworks from the Reeds’ personal collection and the museum’s wider holdings, which have continued to develop in the decades since Heide opened to the public in 1981.

When: 20 February – 14 July 2024
Location: Heide Modern
Admission: Included with museum admission
Curator/s: Laura Lantieri and Chloe Jones
Web: Heide Modern a Space Between

See our page on Heide II

Heide 2 / Reed House