First UK exhibition for Eileen Gray

Des O’Sullivan on a show of the work of the world-renowned designer.

The first UK exhibition of world famous Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray (1878-1976) will be held at the Osborne Samuel Gallery in Mayfair, London from October 13 to November 7.

It will feature over 60 paintings and photographs from the 1920’s to the 1960’s, personal effects and furniture and some of Gray’s personal ephemera and letters. Among these are her architect’s work table and a plan chest she designed in 1926.

A leading pioneer of Modernist design, Eileen Gray is regarded as one of the most influential architects and designers of the 20th century. The exhibition will coincide with the publication of Eileen Gray: The Private Painter written by Andrew Lambirth.

The exhibition is timely in that it coincides with the reopening of her e.1027 villa in the south of France. An upcoming film on Gray, The Price of Desire, is based on her relationship with Le Corbusier.

There is a permanent exhibition of Grey’s work at the Decorative Arts and History Museum at Collins Barracks in Dublin.


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