Minister Madigan T.D. congratulates Irish sculptors on their work to mark the contribution of Irish born designer Eileen Gray

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., today (11 September 2018) congratulated Irish sculptors Eilis O’ Connell and Vera Klute on their work to mark the contribution of Irish born designer Eileen Gray to French and international arts.

At an event which is supported by Culture Ireland of her Department, Prince Albert of Monaco, accompanied by Patricia O’Brien, Ireland’s Ambassador to France, will open the Art’Bre sculpture exhibition in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, in the South of France, featuring a commissioned bust of Eileen Gray by Dublin’s Vera Klute and a selection of works by Eilis O’Connell.

Minister Madigan said that “Eileen Gray was a pioneer and model for female architects and designers. In this special year with Irish architects Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell curating the Venice Biennale it is timely to mark Gray’s contribution to architecture. I congratulate Eilis O’Connell and Vera Klute, two of Ireland’s leading contemporary female sculptors for their outstanding work which will be on display from today at Eileen Gray’s iconic E-1027 villa overlooking the Mediterranean.”

Eileen Gray, a pioneer of the Modernist movement in architecture and furniture designer was born in Enniscorthy but spent much of her life in France. Her achievements will be marked at the house designed by Gray in Cap Moderne where the bust of Gray by Klute and Eilis O’Connell sculpture exhibition, curated by Patrick T. Murphy of the Royal Hibernian Academy, are sited. Further works by O’Connell will be displayed in the Municipal Park for the month of September.



Culture Ireland, a Division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht awarded support of €25,000 for the travel and transport elements related Vera Klute to Eilis O’Connell’s work.

In 2013, Culture Ireland supported a major retrospective of Eileen Gray at the Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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