A major new exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Glasgow architect, designer and artist.
This exhibition spans the lifetime of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928), presenting his work in the context of Glasgow, his key predecessors, influences and contemporaries, particularly those working in the Glasgow Style.
‘The Glasgow Style’ is the popular term given to the design and decorative arts centred around the work by teachers, students and graduates of The Glasgow School of Art, produced between about 1890 and 1920. At the core of this style is the work of The Four: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his future wife Margaret Macdonald, her younger sister Frances Macdonald and Frances’s future husband James Herbert McNair. Glasgow was the birthplace of the only Art Nouveau ‘movement’ in the UK and its style made ripples internationally.
This exhibition will present the very best of Glasgow’s internationally important civic collections. A number of these works have never previously been on public display, and the majority has not been shown in Glasgow for 30 or more years. The exhibition will also include important loans from private and public collections. About 250 objects will be on display across the full spectrum of media, including stained glass, ceramics, mosaic, metalwork, furniture, stencilling, embroidery, graphics, books, interiors and architecture.