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Making History: The Angry Penguins

Until 6 Nov 2016

In response to ongoing visitor interest in Heide’s unique history, a new semi-permanent exhibition drawn from the collection and archives of Heide Museum of Modern Art opens this Autumn.

Making History celebrates the influential role of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed in the development of Australian art and intellectual culture from the 1930s right up to the early 1980s. The Reeds’ first home at Heide, the Victorian farmhouse now referred to as Heide I, provides the setting for a changing selection of art works, archival material and personal effects which reveal the range of their activities and commitments: as art collectors and benefactors; as instigators of significant cultural organisations; and as cultivators of their extensive property, developed so that one day it would become a public gallery and park for all to enjoy.

The first display features works by the revolutionary and now highly acclaimed artists who congregated at Heide during the watershed years of the 1940s: Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Albert Tucker and Danila Vassilieff—today collectively known as the Angry Penguins, after the progressive journal published by the Reeds and writer Max Harris during this decade.

Content: Heide Museum of Modern Art

Price & booking


Type Entry cost
Children under 12 years are free.
Members are free.