Celebrated worldwide, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the leading figures of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture. Mackintosh Architecture is the first exhibition devoted to his buildings and offers the opportunity to view over 60 original drawings, watercolours and other works spanning his whole career. Together, they reveal the evolution of his style from his early apprenticeship to later projects as an individual architect and designer.
Highlights include Mackintosh’s original designs for the Glasgow School of Art, which he prepared at the early age of twenty nine. The exhibition also features several models of his built and unbuilt works, alongside exquisite ink drawings for projects such as the Glasgow Herald Building.
This exhibition puts into context the environment in which Mackintosh worked – the city of Glasgow and the opportunities it presented; his collaborative work as part of an architectural practice; his later independent work and his collaboration with his wife, the accomplished artist and designer Margaret Macdonald.
Mackintosh Architecture has been developed in association with The Hunterian, University of Glasgow. It marks the completion of a four-year AHRC-funded research project led by The Hunterian into Mackintosh’s architecture. The exhibition is supported by the Monument Trust and RIBA Patrons.
‘Beyond Mackintosh – Contemporary works by Katy Dove, Liz Lochhead & Lucy Reynolds’
To complement Mackintosh Architecture four artworks – one audio piece, one poem and two animations are shown in adjacent spaces to the main Architecture Gallery. The projects bring the creative spirit of Glasgow to 66 Portland Place. Some respond directly to Mackintosh’s masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art. Others subtly evoke the artistic processes, techniques and style of Mackintosh. Collectively they enable connections to be made between Glasgow at the turn of the century and today when the art school continues to act as a key creative artery of the city.