Forever Young : 30 Years of the Heide Collection

2011 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of Heide as a public museum, and to celebrate the occasion Heide will host its first all-of-site exhibition, Forever Young: 30 Years of the Heide Collection.

Art Exhibition previously on at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Australia.
From Wednesday 02 November 2011 to Sunday 04 March 2012

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The exhibition will trace the history of the Collection, showcasing works which have rarely, or in some instances, never been exhibited, alongside iconic masterpieces from the Heide Collection and Archive. Over 200 works will be included in the exhibition, with modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, installations and photographs by over 80 artists.

A significant part of the Heide Collection was assembled over five decades by Heide founders John and Sunday Reed. Throughout their lives, the Reeds supported innovation and radical gestures in contemporary art, encouraging and promoting artists who developed new ways of creating and thinking about art. Many of these artists, then at the beginning of their careers, went on to become key figures of Australian modernism. Heide continues to build on this foundation by supporting living artists through collecting and exhibiting their work.

Forever Young: 30 Years of the Heide Collection, traces the history of the Collection from its beginnings through to the present day. Each exhibition space at Heide will focus on a different period, revealing the history, depth, diversity and continuing development of the Heide Collection.

In Heide I, the Reeds’ first home on the property, works by artists who spearheaded the modernist movement in Australia in the 1930s—such as Sam Atyeo and Adrian Lawlor—will be exhibited alongside photographs by Albert Tucker and archival material documenting life at Heide in the early years.

In Heide III, the Kerry Gardner & Andrew Myer Project Gallery and Albert & Barbara Tucker Gallery will present key works from the 1940s by artists most often associated with Heide, including Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Albert Tucker, and Danila Vassilieff. This section of the exhibition reflects the Reeds’ close involvement in the Contemporary Art Society and their affiliation with the local development of Social Realism and Surrealism.

In the Reeds’ second, modernist home, Heide II, the focus will be on works from the 1950s to the 1970s that reveal a wide range of influences, from Expressionism and Surrealism to Colourfield painting. Charles Blackman and Mirka Mora are significant figurative artists from these decades, while the work of artists such as Erica McGilchrist, John Coburn and John Olsen bridges the transition from figuration to abstraction. In the late 1960s the Reeds began to collect works by a younger generation of artists who were contemporaries of their adopted son Sweeney Reed, including Mike Brown, Les Kossatz, Col Jordan, Sydney Ball and John Krzywokulski. Many of these works hung in Heide II when the Reeds lived there, fulfilling their dream to create a ‘gallery to be lived in’.

The main gallery spaces in Heide III will showcase art works acquired since Heide opened as a public museum in 1981, ranging from expressionist paintings and postmodern installations from the 1980s to the most recent acquisitions. Leading contemporary artists represented include Gordon Bennett, Peter Booth, Juan Davila, Kathy Temin, Patricia Piccinini, Janet Burchill and Imants Tillers.