Making and Momentum: In Conversation with Eileen Gray is an international, travelling exhibition of contemporary visual art. The exhibition will open in Roquebrune, France in June 2021 alongside the refurbishment of Eileen Gray's E.1027 Villa - now shown in its original, refurbished state as intended upon completion in 1929. Following the exhibition in France, the show will travel to the National Museum of Ireland, in Collin's Barracks, Dublin - where a selection of Gray's archive is held.
The show ambitiously places equal importance on artist, artisan and maker - observing the creative spirit present in developing an independent visual language; and removing the rigid definitions and categories of art making, much like Gray’s own practice.
Award winning Irish artist and designer, Richard Malone, is joining forces with Cap Moderne to curate and exhibit some of Ireland's leading visual art makers. The exhibition is in celebration of Gray's phenomenal global influence across artistic disciplines - from weaving and rug making to metalwork and painting. Each artist and artisan has been selected for their multidisciplinary and experimental approach to making. The group represents an award winning selection of some or Ireland's most prominent artists with numerous accolades amongst them, such as the Royal Hibernian Academy commission, the Loewe Craft Prize and the International Woolmark Prize.
Collectively their work is held in some of the world's most prestigious museums and institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) Dublin, The Design Museum London, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Melbourne and the Design and Crafts Council Collection Ireland.
The craft and skill visible within each body of work acknowledges age old skills and making techniques alongside radical modernism. The exhibition aims to prove that these skills, and Gray's own legacy, are part of our present, not our history. Making and Momentum celebrates the Design and crafts Council of Ireland's 50th Anniversary.
Making and Momentum is proudly supported by:
Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
Department of Foreign Affairs
Wexford County Council
Centre des Monuments Nationaux
Conservatoire du Littoral