Restoring Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 and Clarifying the Controversies

Restoring Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 and Clarifying the Controversies

Place:
Architectural Triangle, Study and Dokumentation Centre Norbertov

Date:
15. 10. 2018

Duration:
17:00

4th Iconic Houses European Lecture Tour - Tim Benton on Eileen Gray’s tour de force

The 4th edition of the Iconic Houses European Lecture Tour takes place from 9 -16 October 2018, when Tim Benton, Professor Emeritus in Art History (Open University), will tour five European cities -Oslo, Cologne, Rotterdam, Prague and Brno- with a lecture on Eileen Gray’s iconic Villa E-1027 by the sea on the Côte d'Azur. After many years of struggle to get the restoration and management of Villa E-1027 on track, Eileen Gray’s tour de force is open to the public and a member of the Iconic Houses Network since 2015.

Tim Benton’s  lecture focuses on the restoration of the furniture in Villa E-1027 and on the various controversies which have coloured the way the house and its contents have been understood and explained.

In the last two years, much of the effort of the Association Cap Moderne has gone into restoring the fixed and free-standing furniture in the living room. The plan and its furnishings proposed a new form of modern living, more adapted to the body and to gesture but also more flexible and humane. But work has also gone into challenging some of the myths concerning the relationship between Eileen Gray, Jean Badovici and Le Corbusier. What was Badovici’s role? Why did Le Corbusier paint seven murals in the house between April 1938 and August 1939? How should the house be interpreted in its lived existence? The lectures are in English.

The film by Vincent Cattaneo documents restoration work carried out by the Association Cap Moderne between 2015 and 2017 (the film lasts 55 minutes and is French spoken with English subtitles).

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Lecture in English
Lecturer: Tim Benton
Price: CZK 60 
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