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IMMA reopens with Eileen Gray Exhibition


12 October 2013 – 19 January 2014

Admission: €5.00 full price, €3.00 concession (senior citizens, unwaged), under 18’s and those in full time education free. Free admission for IMMA Members plus one guest.
Tickets can be bought at the door or in advance from 1 October by booking online at www.imma.ie or tel: 01-417 0000

A major retrospective of the work of Eileen Gray, one of the most celebrated and influential designers and architects of the 20th-century, opens to the public on Saturday 12 October 2013 at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The opening of Eileen Gray Architect Designer Painter coincides with the reopening of the main building at IMMA and the opening of three other exhibitions – In The Line of Beauty presenting the work of an exciting group of young Irish artists; The Myth of Progress an exhibition by Swedish-born artist Klara Lidén and One Foot in the Real World presenting iconic site-specific installations from IMMA’s Collection. A further exciting development is the launch of the IMMA Collection Online, a searchable database with details on all artworks in the permanent Collection, including 1,200 with images.

Eileen Gray Architect Designer Painter is a tribute to Gray’s outstanding career as a leading member of the modern design movement. Designed and produced by the Centre Pompidou, in collaboration with IMMA, the exhibition celebrates Gray’s Irish roots and presents a number of previously unseen works that offer new insights into Gray’s extraordinary career. The official opening, by Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Alfred Pacquement, Director of the musée national d’art moderne / Centre Pompidou, in the presence of the French Ambassador to Ireland, takes place at 6.00pm on Friday 11 October 2013. A press preview of the Eileen Gray exhibition will take place on Tuesday 8 October at 11.30am with a tour of the exhibition by Cloé Pitiot, Curator, Centre Pompidou.

Eileen Gray’s work has often been split into two parts by critics, with decorative arts on the one hand and architectural modernism on the other. This exhibition approaches Gray’s work as a whole, engaging, as she did, in drawing, painting, lacquering, interior decorating, architecture and photography. Renowned in France during the early decades of the 20th-century as a designer in lacquer furniture and interiors, Gray began to experiment with architecture in the late 1920s. 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 and Gray’s own home, Tempe à Pailla. Significant focus is given to her landmark piece of modernist architecture the French villa E-1027, built in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in 1926-1929, in close collaboration with Romanian architect Jean Badovici. The exhibition includes examples of furniture for E-1027, including the tubular steel designs with which Gray’s name has become synonymous.

Eileen Gray (1878-1976) was born near Enniscorthy, Co Wexford and spent most of her childhood between Ireland and London. In 1902 Gray moved to Paris. She died in France at the age of 98. This extensive exhibition presents a unique opportunity for Irish audiences to experience a large group of work by one of Ireland’s most important cultural figures.

In a new initiative IMMA has invited the Irish Architecture Foundation to take over a gallery space during the Eileen Gray exhibition, opening on the 3 November The Everyday Experience is an exhibition of architects, designers and artists who reflect on the impact and practice of architecture and its effect on everyday lives. On 2 November the IAF in collaboration with UCD, AAI and QUB presents Constructing the View a day of conversations between photographers, architects and theorists culminating in a talk by photographer Thomas Struth.

Eileen Gray has been designed and produced by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in collaboration with IMMA. The exhibition is curated by Cloé Pitiot, Curator, Centre Pompidou, Paris. The exhibition is presented in association with the National Museum of Ireland where an Eileen Gray exhibition is on permanent display at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History.

The exhibition is supported by the French Embassy in Ireland, Irish Distillers, Arup, the Merrion Hotel, the Dylan Hotel, and THE IRISH TIMES.

The Eileen Gray Exhibition is NOT an IAF event and is delivered by the Irish Museum of Modern Art for more information please visit their website.