Eileen Gray fans, this is your year. With the architect and designer's famed E.1027 villa on the Côte d'Azur having reopened to the public this month, and director Mary McGuckian's feature-length biopic, The Price of Desire, about to hit Cannes on its way to wider distribution, the life and accomplishments of this innovator and iconoclast appear to finally be getting their due. But, much like the multi-faceted Gray, the celebrations of her career will take multiple forms and mediums this year. Books, documentaries and even video games are on their way.
One of those experts, Dr. Jennifer Goff, a curator at the National Museum of Ireland, also wrote a biography on the designer that came out earlier this year, Eileen Gray: Her Work and Her World. Begun as a PhD thesis, the book offers a revised overview of Gray's life informed by access to her archives.
Those who want to see Gray's designs in person can view a touring exhibition organized by the Le Centre Pompidou and National Museum of Ireland, which premiered in 2013 and is set to tour museums worldwide later this year. It's currently scheduled to arrive at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York in 2016.
That, however, is far from all. Julian Lennon, the official on-site photographer for the The Price of Desire, displayed his behind-the-scenes stills from the production at a gallery earlier this spring. They're collected in a limited-edition book.
Finally, Iglu Media and peacefulfish are collaborating on E.1027: The Price of Desire Video Game, set for release this summer, which allows players to explore the famous villa through a first-person perspective while revisiting pivotal moments in its history featuring Gray's partner Jean Badovici and Le Corbusier. No word if there's a mural-painting scene.
A press release also suggests "a limited series of exact replica fully furnished turnkey modular villas" will commence construction and installation. We'll update when we can confirm more details.
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