18 July 2014 – 4 January 2015
Exploring the career of the Scottish artist-architect, whose designs were influenced by modernism, symbolism and art nouveau.
Previous interpretations of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's architectural work have tended to focus on a group of his most famous buildings and unbuilt designs, which are marked out by the individuality of their detailing. However, a new research project - led by the Hunterian museum - has provided a broader account of his practice, presented in this exhibition.
Placing Mackintosh within the context of the office of John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh and its extended network of clients, contractors and suppliers, both his high and low-status buildings are acknowledged as key parts of his professional output.
Crucially, the project considers the functional and constructional aspects, as well as the financial and practical constraints, which shaped his designs and their aesthetic qualities. Particular emphasis is placed on Mackintosh’s domestic designs, which were among his most significant achievements.
On display are over 80 architectural drawings, many never exhibited before, rare archival material, and specially commissioned films and models.