November 27, 2021

Eileen Gray: E.1027

‘Eileen Gray: E.1027’ is the new exhibition of Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea (MNAC), that brings the figure of the architect and designer closer together through her first and most important work: her summer villa on the Côte d’Azur.

Open from 27 November 2021 until February 27 2022, the exhibition recreates at 1:1 scale the master bedroom of the E.1027 house, with furniture designed by Gray herself and reproduced with original materials.

Pioneer. Innovative. Multifaceted. The MNAC (Lisbon, Portugal) opens an exhibition on 27 November dedicated to the Anglo-Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray. Focused on her first and most important work, the E.1027 house on the coast of southern France, the Institute of Architecture wants to rescue the figure of the pioneer of the modern movement. It is a reflection on the many facets of Eileen Gray, from her well-known work as a furniture designer to her recently recovered architectural work, E.1027.

The exhibition is curated by Wilfried Wang, architect and professor at the University of Texas, Carolina Leite, architect co-founder of Krafna Collective in Oporto and research at the Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura e Urbanismo da Universidade do Porto (CEAU-FAUP), and filmmaker, author and Eileen’s close friend Peter Adam.

‘Eileen Gray: E.1027’ focuses on the most significant and essential space of the house, built in 1929: its main room, recreated on a 1:1 scale with replicas of the furniture produced with original materials. In this way, the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea wants to bring the work and values of this architect closer to all citizens, in a journey from the global to the concrete, to understand the importance of Eileen Gray as a pioneer of modernity also in the architectural field, but not forgetting her role in Art and design.

More information can be found here.

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