»An Eames Celebration« will present a series of exhibitions and events, that will be the largest exploration of the Eames’s work that has ever been shown in a museum, coinciding with Charles Eames’ 110th birthday.
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 collection 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.