Eileen Gray Projects Launches In New York

Top Quote Mary McGuckian's The Price of Desire, screens to New York's 20th Century Art World hosted by De Lorenzo Gallery. The director and key cast will introduce the film to an invited audience of key Eileen Gray collectors. End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) October 14, 2014 - Authentically cast, with Irish actress Orla Brady as Eileen Gray, Swiss actor Vincent Perez as her nemesis, Le Corbusier and Francesco Scianna and Alanis Morissette as her lovers the architect Jean Badovici and French chanteuse Marisa Damia, the film explores the triangular tale of insidious chauvinism experienced by this remarkable bisexual Irish artist, architect and designer as a universal female experience while cinematically evoking the essential aesthetic of Eileen Gray.

    This controversial story of how the Father of modernism, Le Corbusier, effaced and defaced Eileen Gray's moral right to be recognized as the author of her work and one of the most forceful and influential inspirations of a century of modern architecture and design is also re-examined in light of recent findings in Marco Orsini's revisionary documentary Gray Matters.

    Many of the experts who contributed in the The Price of Desire's development participate in the companion documentary which premieres as the opening night film of the NYA&DFF will participate in a subsequent symposium moderated by film-maker Mary McGuckian.

    A limited edition box set of Eileen Gray Project Portraits of the cast in character by Julian Lennon are also unveiled by Sandra Gering Gallery for 'friends of e1027' on behalf of publishers Stoney Road Press prior to the screening.

    'More than a movie, more of a movement', says McGuckian about the way in which the many worlds of Eileen Gray contribute to the project. From the re-enactment of the famous YSL-LE BERGER sale of her Dragon Chair for $28m usd at CHRISTIES in Paris to the support of ARAM DESIGN during the production's restoration work on her Villa e1027 in the South of France, one of the most important modern architects and designers the world has never heard of is now also the subject of an exhibition organized by Centre Pompidou and Bard Graduate Centre Gallery, a book, Eileen Gray: Her World and Her Work by Dr Jennifer Goff and a sound-track by Brian Byrne featuring Alanis Morissette singing Marisa Damia's standard On Danse a La Villette. Finally, Eileen Gray's Villa e1027, central to the story of The Price of Desire, will be opened to the public in May 2015.


    FOUR EVENTS Oct 14th/15th 2014

    THE PRICE OF DESIRE by Mary McGuckian private collector's screening: Tues October 14th 7:30 pm

    EILEEN GRAY PROJECT PORTRAITS by Julian Lennon launch: Tues October 14th 7.00 pm

    GRAY MATTERS by Marco Orsini documentary premiere: Wed October 15th 7pm

    EILEEN GRAY SYMPOSIUM with Professor Caroline Constant author of Eileen Gray, Doctor Jennifer Goff curator of The Eileen Gray archive at the National Museum of Ireland and collector Stephen Kelly of Stephen Kelly Gallery moderated by film maker Mary McGuckian: Sat October 19th 6pm


    Eileen Gray Exhibition: Organized by Centre Pompidou with the Bard Graduate Center Gallery coming to New York

    Eileen Gray: Her World and Her Work by Dr Jennifer Goff published by Irish Academic Press

    Eileen Gray's most seminal architectural work, Villae1027 in Roquebrune Cap Martin will open to the public

    Brian Byrne's original soundtrack featuring Alanis Morissette singing Marisa Damia standard 'On Danse A La Villette' will be released by Just Temptation Publishing

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