With the release of the biography Modern Love which commemorates Heide’s founders John and Sunday Reed. The launch of book is celebrate in an exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art.
Heide is located in Bulleen, a suburb of Melbourne. Named after the nearby town of Heidelberg.
Meeting in 1930, John and Sunday shared a passion for art, literature, nature and innovation. Purchasing Heide in 1934, the Reeds established an alternative and self-sufficient lifestyle. They opened their home attracting people with similar attitudes which become known as the ‘Heide Circle’. Some of the people included Sam Atyeo, Moya Dyring, Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, Max Harris, Arthur Boyd, John Perceval, Charles Blackmab , Mirka Mora and Mike Brown.
This new creative outlet created the rise of the Contemporary Art Society, Reed & Harris publishing, Angry Penguins magazine and the Museum of Modern Art of Australia.
In 1963, the Reeds commissioned local architect David McGlashan to design a new residence on the property, something which was a gallery to be lived in. The Reeds moved into Heide II in 1967.
Established in 1981, comprising of three galleries set within sixteen acres of gardens and a sculpture park.
The exhibition presents artwork, the Reeds collected over six decades, heirlooms, photographs and memorabilia.
Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed is currently on display until 10 April, 2016.
You can find out more about Heide Museum of Modern Art, visit the website here.
Image supplied. Photo by Albert Tucker.