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LINDEN NEW ART is a public gallery that specialises in displaying new contemporary art.

The gallery opened to the public in 1986 and is located in the seaside suburb of St Kilda. Housed in a Victorian mansion, Linden’s grand domestic building makes it a unique place to see, explore and discuss contemporary art. Our annual exhibition program features work from artists across Australia and overseas. Exhibitions change every eight weeks and are supported by a range of dynamic programs to allow for visitors to learn about, debate and question contemporary art. Opportunities to meet artists and curators are regular features of our programs.


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Linden is built on the land of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land.

In 1853, Moritz and Rahel Michaelis moved to Melbourne from Germany. A successful merchant, Moritz purchased the vacant land at 26 Acland Street in 1870. Linden was completed the following year, the two-storied Italianate mansion having been designed by architect Alfred Friedrich Kursteiner.

Curator and landscaper of the Royal Botanic Gardens, William Guilfoyle, designed the extensive grounds that originally surrounded the building.  

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Linden was the family home of Moritz, Rahel and their fourteen children until 1957, when it was sold to Mr and Mrs Witty and become a private hotel known as Linden Court. It was subdivided during this time and apartments were built on the grounds that once stretched to Robe Street.

From 1962 to 1972, Linden’s new owners, Theodou and Alice van Veenendaal, continued to operate the mansion as a hotel.

Linden was purchased by the St Kilda City Council in 1983 and the building became home to what was originally known as the Linden Arts Centre and Gallery in 1986.


For an extended history of Linden > VISIT HERE

To read a recent article by Dr Thomas McLean exploring Jewish immigration in Australia and New Zealand > VISIT HERE




As part of its commitment to supporting and revitalising arts precincts across the city, the City of Port Phillip supported a significant update to Linden's heritage-listed home.


The upgrades consisted of:

  • Replacement of the existing roof with a new slate roof
  • Repair and improvment to the existing terrace and balcony
  • Provision of additional gallery space
  • A stunning new entry portico and Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant ramp to a vibrant public entrance

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