TarraWarra Museum of Art: An Enduring Passion tells the story of the birth of Australia's first significant privately funded public art museum. Designed by architect Allan Powell, the museum was the vision of Eva and Marc Besen who began collecting Australian art in the 1950s. Their friendships with artists included John Olsen, Jeffrey Smart and Fred Williams.
'The Besen collection is the dream collection of Australia. I'm able to say unequivocally, they are the greatest collectors this nation's seen', says painter John Olsen.
Set in the stunning landscape of the Yarra Valley in Victoria, TarraWarra Museum of Art opened in 2003. The Besens gifted both the museum and many of their artworks to the public. TarraWarra Museum of Art is now internationally recognised not only for its collection but also for its rigorous contemporary art program. This documentary is a moving account of the history of the collection and the evolution of a museum.
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