The original artwork is now on display at the National Gallery of Australia where it has been since 1973. At that time, the purchase was considered controversial but has now become one of the major draws of this prestigious gallery.
Number 11, 1952 had been the original title of this artwork, as it came during a stage in Pollock's career when he preferred to leave his work untitled. Later on the painting was renamed as Blue Poles and this helps to further distinguish from the rest of his paintings. It is generally believed that the artist himself came up with this new title.
This particular piece was first seen in public many years before it's controversial purchase by the country. An exhibition in 1952 announced it to the world and it was soon to receive significant interest, leading to several exchanges of the piece for large sums. Australia, notably the then Prime Minister, attracted criticism for sanctioning it's purchase at a time when abstract art was not accepted to the extent that it is today. That decision now appears to have been inspired and continues to boost the reputation of the gallery which has held it ever since.