Eileen Gray exhibition set to visit Dublin

Published 13/08/2013 | 05:34

Eileen Gray
Eileen Gray

ONE of Enniscorthy's most famous exports is coming home. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is poised to present a major retrospective of the work of renowned designer Eileen Gray.

The show comes to Dublin after a lengthy run at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, where it was opened by President Michael D Higgins.

The Brownswood native, pictured, is billed by the promoters as one of the most celebrated and influential designers and architects of the 20th century. She is already the subject of a permanent exhibition at Collins Barracks, but the IMMA show is bigger and contains many original works, which are worth millions of euro on the open market.

The exhibition includes lacquer work, several of her carpet designs, samples from her Paris shop Jean Désert and key items of furniture from her work on the apartment of Madame Mathieu Levy. Also highlighted is the villa E-1027, which she built overlooking the Mediterranean in the South of France, reckoned a classic of modernist architecture.

France was where Lady Gray (1879–1976) spent most of her 98 years, but she is still rated one of Ireland's most important cultural figures. The prestigious exhibition has plenty of heavyweight sponsors with the Irish Film Institute, the French Embassy in Ireland, Irish Distillers, Arup, the Merrion Hotel and 'Irish Times' all supporting.

'Eileen Gray Architect Designer Painter' continues at IMMA in Kilmainham Hospital until January 19 early next year. Admission is €5 full price, €3 for concessions (senior citizens, unwaged), under-18s and those in full time education admitted free of charge.

Gorey Guardian

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