Eileen Gray at IMMA, thoughts & reflections.

Eilten Gray …
… Must read !

Arran Q Henderson

To mark the screening of the RTE documentary on Eileen Gray next Tuesday and the publication of an important new book on Gray’s Life and work by design historian Jennifer Gough, we re-visit this personal appraisal, written during October 2013 in response to the Eileen Grey retrospective at IMMA…

The Irish Museum of Modern Art, recently re-opened after refurbishment, currently hosts an excellent retrospective, (jointly curated with the Centre George Pompidou in Paris) on Irishwoman Eileen Gray, a superb designer and architect and now revealed as one of the most gifted and influential figures in European modernism.


Grey was fortunate in life, born in 1878 near Enniscorthy, County Wexford to a wealthy and aristocratic yet also a bohemian and unconventional family.  Her mother would later inherit a Scottish peerage.  But her parents would also get divorced, almost unheard of a that time for their (or any) class.   Yet even this turned to her advantage as her father was…

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