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Heide Museum of Modern Art

The Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen was the home of Melbourne art patrons John Reed (1901–81) and Sunday Reed (1905–81), who in the mid-1930s purchased what was then a derelict dairy farm on the banks of the meandering Yarra River. During the following decades the Reeds fostered and nurtured the talents of young artists and played a central role in the emergence of Australian art movements such as the Angry Penguins, the Antipodeans and the Annandale Realists; the painters Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Albert Tucker and Arthur Boyd were all members of the artistic circle at Heide at one time or another. Heide I is the farmhouse where the Reeds lived from 1934 until 1967, while their airy modernist 1960s home Heide II shows work from the collection. The most prominent addition is the Albert & Barbara Tucker Gallery (Heide III), which features over two hundred artworks from Albert’s personal collection. Café Vue draws on produce from the cottage garden; it also does a great lunch box for consumption in the sculpture garden.