Play Parade. An Eames Exhibition for Kids

Play Parade. An Eames Exhibition for Kids

09.09.2017 – 11.02.2018

Gallery

»Take your pleasure seriously!« This motto by Charles Eames is the starting point for the exhibition »Play Parade« in the Vitra Design Museum Gallery. It presents toys, short films and objects from the toy collection of Charles and Ray Eames in a spatial installation full of shapes and colours. The original objects are secured in display cases, but all kinds of replicas and re-editions are accessible for visitors to play with and explore. Such objects include »The Toy«, a construction set consisting of wooden dowels and colourful panels, animal masks, the famous »House of Cards«, and films that show a choreography of countless spinning tops or a happy parade of dolls and toy vehicles. The exhibition demonstrates how seriously Charles and Ray Eames regarded their work and experiments with toys, and how play can be an important source of creativity – as they proved best of all. More

Opening: 08.09.2017, 4–6 pm

Play Parade. An Eames Exhibition for Kids

Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design

Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design

30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018

Museum

Charles and Ray Eames are regarded as two of the most important figures in twentieth-century design and have influenced generations of designers across the globe. No other name in design is so closely associated with technical perfection and a timeless aesthetic – but also with the playful start-up culture of the American West Coast, which was strongly impacted by the Eameses. The major retrospective »Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design« offers a comprehensive overview of the work of this legendary designer couple, ranging from furniture and interiors to exhibitions, films and photographs, while also portraying their everyday work in the Eames Office in Venice, California. The show features a unique selection of original objects, drawings, sculptures, film installations and many other works that are being presented together for the first time. Presented in collaboration with the Barbican Centre, London and The Eames Office.

Opening: 29.09.2017, 7 pm

Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design

Ideas and Information. The Eames Films

Ideas and Information. The Eames Films

30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018

Fire Station

The exhibition in the Fire Station by Zaha Hadid presents an extensive selection of films by Charles and Ray Eames, including works from the Library of Congress archives that are being shown for the first time. In addition to multimedia installations and exhibitions on technology and the natural sciences, the Eameses created more than 100 short films, whose production was a major focus of activity for the Eames Office from the 1960s onward. Initially using film as a means of communicating their works and design concepts, they soon discovered the medium as an ideal platform for disseminating knowledge at the interface of design, art, science and technology. The films allowed them to convey complex relationships in an entertaining and precise manner that appealed to a wide audience. With this exhibition, the cinematic oeuvre of the Eameses is given due recognition for the first time as a key part of their overall work. »Ideas and Information« highlights the significance of Charles and Ray Eames as pioneers of innovative media technologies and new forms of knowledge transmission.

Opening: 29.09.2017, 7 pm

Ideas and Information. The Eames Films

Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames

Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames

30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018

Schaudepot

How were the furniture designs of Charles and Ray Eames actually created? The exhibition in the Schaudepot answers this question by presenting study models, experimental objects and prototypes. »Kazam!« puts a focus on the large collection of production pieces and furniture experiments from the Eames Office that entered the holdings of the Vitra Design Museum in 1988, along with later additions. Today the Vitra Design Museum maintains the world’s largest collection of Eames objects, including iconic pieces like the Eames Lounge Chair, the sculptural seating object La Chaise, or vintage production models made of plywood, plastic, aluminium or wire. Based on selected furniture models, the exhibition illustrates the development work of Charles and Ray Eames and shows how they repeatedly achieved new, groundbreaking solutions. One such solution is referred to in the unusual title of the exhibition: during the late 1940s, the couple constructed a machine in the kitchen of their Los Angeles apartment that could be used to mould plywood into three-dimensional shapes – the word »kazam!« was their imitation of the ear-splitting sound made by the machine.

Opening: 29.09.2017, 7 pm

Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames

An Eames Celebration

An Eames Celebration

30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018

Museum, Gallery, Schaudepot, Fire Station

Charles and Ray Eames are counted among the most important designers of the 20th century. With their furniture, films, books, exhibitions and media installations, they have influenced generations of designers and continue to shape our everyday culture. No other name in design so clearly represents technical perfection and a timeless aesthetic, and none is more closely associated with the exuberant start-up culture on the American west coast during the post-war era, in which the Eameses played a prominent role. From 30 September 2017 to 25 February 2018, the Vitra Design Museum will present ‘An Eames Celebration’ – four parallel exhibitions that offer an unprecedented view of the work created by the legendary designer couple.

The focal point of the exhibition sequence on the Vitra Campus is the major retrospective ‘Charles & Ray Eames: The Power of Design’, which will be shown in the main building of the Vitra Design Museum. In the Fire Station, a selection from the Eameses’ cinematic oeuvre of more than 100 films will be presented under the title ‘Ideas and Information: The Eames Films’. In the Vitra Design Museum Gallery, the exhibition ‘Play Parade: An Eames Exhibition for Children’ invites visitors to discover and try out the many toys created by the husband-and-wife team. Finally, the Vitra Schaudepot features the exhibition ‘Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames’. Just in time for the 110th birthday of Charles Eames, the three-dimensional estate of the Eames Office will also be introduced in its full scope. These objects have been in the holdings of the Vitra Design Museum since 1988 and include the complete inventory of Eames prototypes and experimental models.

Opening: 29.09.2017, 7 pm

The exhibition »Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design« is curated and organized by Barbican Centre, London, in collaboration with Eames Office and supported by Terra Foundation.

An Eames Celebration