Photographic exhibition: Eames and Hollywood

Eames and Hollywood offers a novel glimpse into the world of Charles and Ray Eames, peeling away more layers to help us understand this dynamic duo’s very unique creative minds. The exhibition at ADAM in Brussels features 240 previously unseen photographs taken by Charles Eames on the sets of some of his friend the director Billy Wilder’s most memorable films between 1951 and 1970.

They form part of Movie Sets, a collection discovered some years ago by the exhibition’s curator Alexandra Midal. For this exhibition she works closely with the Eames Foundation to bring these photographs to life.

Eames ones said: ‘You don’t go to watch Billy shoot to learn how to make a picture, but to learn how to write an editorial, how to make a chair, how to make a piece of furniture.’

He explored the world of the movies not through the glamour of the movie stars – here there is just one such image, a touching glimpse of Audrey Hepburn on the set of Sabrina, captured as if through the peephole.

Instead Eames favoured the technicians, the extras, the costume people and make-up artists, the machinery and various apparatus. Experiencing the movie set, he said, helped inform his other creative work.

On view until 4 September. Visit the Art & Design Atomium Museum for more information.

Read our previous articles on Eames including the recent Barbican exhibition here.

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