This much loved Melbourne institution began life in 1934 as the sprawling 15-acre home of John and Sunday Reed, a bohemian hub that fostered the birth of Australian Modernism.
Heide first began in 1934 as a bohemian hub for the contemporary arts scene within Australia. John and Sunday Reed had a penchant for taking in young artists (including John Perceval, Arthur Boyd and Charles Blackman) and nurturing their careers and talents. Sidney Nolan famously painted his Ned Kelly series on the grounds of Heide, on the Reed’s kitchen table. Through their work the couple amassed an outstanding collection of contemporary Australian art. The Reed’s officially opened their world as a public art gallery in the mid 1950s.
In 1964 the gallery expanded further and the stunning mid-century modern Heide II was built under the brief of ‘a gallery to live in’. Constructed in 1965 using only four materials – terrazzo, limestone, timber and glass – the house-meets-gallery was formed by a series of cubic spaces and the style is timeless and minimal – there are no skirtings, cornices plaster or wall tiles.
In 1981, the Victorian Government purchased Heide to cement its legacy and two of Australia’s most important art benefactors lived to see their vision fulfilled. Today, Heide Museum of Modern Art is unique museum and sculpture park visited by over 120,000 people per year.
A Collection crafted through the mix of modern and ancient techniques. To celebrate our brand partnership with Heide, we have collaborated on a capsule of ceramic vessels that represents Leif’s passion for functional form and design.
The collection consists of three vases in four muted tones and each slip-cast vessel reveals a part-line which reflects the blow-moulding technique found on Leif bottles. Each vessel was initially produced in PLA (a plant derived thermoplastic) using our studio’s 3D printer and brought to life by hand in porcelain through slip-casting by Sydney ceramicist Deb Taylor.
The bespoke collection coincides with Heide’s upcoming exhibition ‘An Idea Needing to be Made: Contemporary Ceramics’ (27th July-20th Oct) that will be available to purchase at Heide MOMA during the exhibition.