Charles and Ray Eames are among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Together they moved fluidly between the fields of photography, film, architecture, exhibition-making, and furniture and product design. The Eames Office in Los Angeles was a hub of activity where they produced pioneering designs with a boundless creativity that defined their careers.
The exhibition includes furniture, products, models and multi-media installations, as well as personal letters, photographs, drawings and artwork. It reveals the breadth of the Eameses' innovative work, reminds us of their playful ideas and provides an insight into their lives.
Charles Eames (1907-1978) was born in Missouri, USA, and started his career as an architect. Ray Eames (1912-1988) was born in California and initially trained as an artist. The exhibition was curated and produced by the Barbican Art Gallery, London, in collaboration with the Eames Office. It has been made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.
SAT 16/4 AT 13:00-16:00
Talks: Meet Eames Demetrios, Director of Eames Office and grandson of Charles and Ray Eames, and Catherine Ince, Curator of the exhibition The World of Charles and Ray Eames. Lecture by one of the world's leading Eames-scholars, Pat Kirkham, Professor of Design History, Kingston University, London, and Professor Emerita, Bard Graduate Center, New York. Moderator: Katarina Pierre, Director Bildmuseet
Free admission, but pre-registration is required because of a limited number of seats.
SUN 17/4 AT 14:00
Welcome this Sunday afternoon when Bildmuseet opens the exhibition Charles and Ray Eames. The doors opens at 11:00 as usual, and the opening programme starts at 14:00.
Director Katarina Pierre greets welcome. Also participating are Eames Demetrios, Director of Eames Office and grandson of Charles and Ray Eames, and Catherine Ince, Curator of the exhibition produced by the Barbican Art Gallery, London.
TUE 19/4 AT 18:30
Screening: Eames, The Architect and the Painter by Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey, 2011 (85 min)
SUN 24/4 AT 14:00
1940's and 1950's ideas about furniture and modernity
Maria Göransdotter, Lecturer in design history, Vice rector at the Umeå Institute of Design
TUE 26/4 AT 18:30
Panorama over the Eames House
Katrin Holmqvist-Sten, Senior Lecturer in the History of Architecture, Umeå University
TUE 3/5 AT 18:30
The Design Duo Charles and Ray Eames
Li Pamp, expert on design and TV-host
SUN 8/5 AT 14:00
Screening of films by Charles and Ray Eames
SUN 4/9 AT 14:00
The Secret Behind the Design Successes of Charles and Ray Eames
Dennis Dahlqvist, Art- and Design Critic