Halcyon Days: Heide In The 1940s

This exhibition celebrates Museum collection highlights from the 1940s, a heady period of extraordinary creative achievement and cultural change in the history of Heide. Throughout the decade John and Sunday Reed’s home formed a focal point for some of Australia’s most avant-garde artists, who rejected conventional ways of living and learning and spearheaded the modernist movement in Melbourne.

Art Exhibition previously on at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 20 June 2015 to Sunday 13 September 2015

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This constellation of rising talent included the young Sidney Nolan, cerebral painter Albert Tucker and his partner Joy Hester, the quiet yet passionate Arthur Boyd and free-spirited John Perceval. Each developed a distinctive practice and came to hold an undisputed place in the canon of Australian art.

Such was John and Sunday’s belief in this group that they supported them financially and materially and in some instances formed close attachments to them. As poet Barrett Reid observed, the Reeds provided a ‘total concentration of life’ at Heide, which not only gave rise to unprecedented experimentation and attainment, but witnessed a drama of human relationships. The 1940s saw the creation of many much-loved Heide icons and the selection displayed in Halcyon Days will include Ned Kelly and St Kilda images by Nolan, some of Hester’s compelling psychological portraits, and surrealist images by Tucker. In addition, a remarkable major portrait group by Boyd makes its debut, a recent donation to the Museum by the Estate of Beverly Brown.