Una Mullally

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Eileen Gray exhibition will reopen IMMA at Kilmainham in October

A retrospective of the Wexford woman’s work is coming to Dublin.

Mon, Apr 22, 2013, 14:30


The best bit about IMMA’s programme launch last week, was the news that the Eileen Gray exhibition (well, some of it) that’s been drawing big crowds at the Pompidou Centre in Paris will take the main slot at IMMA when the gallery reopens on the crowds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. It’s going to be major retrospective – something Collins Barracks will probably be a bit jealous about considering they house a small, and slightly downplayed permanent Gray exhibition. Enniscorthy Castle also houses an exhibition about her work. Aram also recently displayed some of her work and MoMA also has some of her key pieces, although they’re not currently on view.

IMMA doesn’t have much detail on the exhibition on their website, apart from to say that they will be collaborating with Centre Pompidou who have designed¬†and produced the exhibition. Anyway, it’s good news for Gray fans, considering she continues to be one of the most important and influential figures in the history of architecture and furniture design, yet is frequently overlooked here in Ireland, although it’s fair to say in recent years there’s been a resurgence of interest in her work.

Frank McDonald wrote this piece in February on the back of the Paris exhibition, and he mentions at the end that just some of the exhibits will be traveling to Dublin.

There’s a Kickstarter project currently live for The Price Of Desire, a film about Gray and E-1027, although barring a miracle they’re unlikely to hit their target. The film is in pre-production. Winona Ryder was attached to the lead role previously, although I’m not sure what the status of that is now. Presumably there hasn’t been a change. The team behind the film are announcing more details during Cannes. It will be directed by Marie McGuckian who recently directed Larry Mullen and Donald Sutherland in Man on the Train.