Heide Museum of Modern Art has unveiled a bold new programme for 2018 and outlined a refreshed direction for the much-loved cultural institution.
Focusing on cultural leadership, on celebrating Heide MOMA as a locally, nationally and globally resonant destination, and on advancing entrepreneurial partnerships, the institution is stepping up to deliver a powerful 2018.
Speaking at the launch of the 2018 Programme, Heide MOMA CEO, Dr Natasha Cica heralded this new focus as an important statement of intent for the organisation, and for the arts in Australia.
"At Heide MOMA we are custodians of a special Australian tradition – a tradition that takes art to the people, welcomes innovation, and inspires curiosity," Dr Cica said.
"This tradition is the enduring legacy of Heide MOMA founders John and Sunday Reed. In the twentieth century, they opened their Melbourne home to a range of talented artists and thinkers, and strongly supported modern Australian culture.
"As custodians of this spirited legacy, we are responsible for bringing works to new audiences, in new ways – that's what 2018 is all about for Heide MOMA."
The 2018 programme at Heide MOMA includes three major exhibitions:
Diane Arbus: American Portraits (21 March–17 June);
Grant and Mary Featherston: Design for Life: (30 June–7 October); and
Mirka Mora: Pas de Deux (working title): (27 October– March 2019).
Other new shows in 2018 are:
After Dark: Nocturnes from the Heide Collection (3 March–26 August);
Lotti Consalvo: In the Remembering (10 March–17 June);
Dana Harris: II & III (21 March–17 June);
Eurovisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection (24 March –19 August);
Heide I: House of Ideas: (26 May–May 2019);
Sweeney Reed and Strines Gallery (25 August–March 2019;
Meditation on a Bone: Glenn Barkley and Albert Tucker (3 September– February 2019);
Danica Chappell (13 October–March 2019).
"Heide offers an inspiring and thought-provoking experience of modern and contemporary art, architecture, gardens and landscape – and that will all be on show in 2018, with a range of events complementing our exhibition programme," Dr Cica said.
The official launch followed a public event called The beats behind the brushstrokes – featuring Australian rock icons Mick Harvey and Dave Graney in conversation with renowned artist Jenny Watson. This art talk explored how Melbourne's punk music scene of the 1970s influenced Watson's work, on show at Heide MOMA until 4 March in The Fabric of Fantasy exhibition.
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