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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 took place from 9 -16 October 2018, when Tim Benton, Professor Emeritus in Art History (Open University), toured 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 each summer and a member of the Iconic Houses Network since 2015.


Tim Benton
Tim Benton (b. 1945) is a leading researcher in Modernist architecture, with Le Corbusier as his special field of expertise. His research interests also include drawing, photography and painting. Benton has published a number of books, including a classic study of the design of Le Corbusier’s villas in Paris in the 1920s that was republished in a revised edition by Birkhäuser: The Villas of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret 1920-1930 (2007). He is currently working on a book on Le Corbusier’s domestic architecture (1910-1951). He has contributed to exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Art Deco 1910-1939 (2003), and Modernism Designing a New World (2006), and to the first retrospective exhibition of Charlotte Perriand in the Pompidou Centre, Paris (2006).

Lecture and Film ‘E-1027 Restoration’
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).








On September 11th 2018, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco inaugurated the annual open-air sculpture exhibition ART’BRE in the Parc des Oliviers at Roquebrune Cap Martin, and notably the five large pieces by Cork-based sculptress Eilis O’Connell. They completed the six pieces by Eilis presented on the terraces of E-1027. Both exhibitions closed on October 15th.

At the same time, he inaugurated a striking new bust of Eileen Gray by Dublin-based Vera Klute which will remain on permanent exhibition in the bust-gallery in the Parc des Oliviers honouring famous residents of Roquebrune Cap Martin.






Exhibition Eileen Gray Intimate Architecture

Cap Moderne is proud to present its new exhibition in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou.

This exhibition covers the key periods of Eileen Gray’s career, and focuses in particular on her ideas about the organization of space, as exemplified by the work she carried out in renovating Madame Mathieu-Levy’s apartment between 1919 and 1924. 

It also sheds more light on Villa E-1027 and its interior.

The third section of the exhibition concerns the villa Tempe a Pailla.


Curators: Renaud Barres, Historien de l'architecture , directeur du CAUE de l'Aude,

Tim Benton, Professor of Art History (Emeritus), The Open University, Milton Keynes and

Cloé Pitiot, Curator at the Centre Pompidou, diplômée de l'Ecole d'architecture de Nancy


Visiting hours: during opening hours of the Cap Moderne site (May to October).




In July 2016, after a lengthy process of consultation, the World Heritage Committee finally decided to inscribe the Architectural Work of Le Corbusier on the List of World Heritage Sites.

Inscription on the prestigious World Heritage List is testimony to Le Corbusier's ground-breaking achievement and contribution to the development of modern architecture and will ensure that his oeuvre, at Roquebrune and elsewhere, will be preserved and handed down to future generations. The Cabanon has the singular distinction of being the only World Heritage site in the whole Alpes Maritimes department. 



The request for Le Corbusier’s work to be included on the Unesco List of World Heritage Sites, submitted in France by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Le Corbusier Foundation, had the support of seven countries (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan and Switzerland) and seventeen sites around the world in three different continents. At Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Le Corbusier’s Cabanon, adjoining Villa E-1027 and the Etoile de Mer on the Cap Moderne site, now the property of the Conservatoire du littoral, is one of the French sites listed. It should be noted that, in addition to the Cabanon, the site now also includes the Holiday Cottages as well as numerous paintings by the architect/artist.


Tribute to Eileen Gray

On 7 September 2016 a plaque was unveiled paying tribute to Eileen Gray at her former home at 21 rue Bonaparte in the sixth arrondissement, Paris. The ceremony took place in the presence of H.E Mrs Geraldine Byrne Nason and representatives of the Paris municipal council