This exhibition spans the lifetime of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) and his contemporaries, exploring the movement that became known as the Glasgow Style.
The Glasgow Style refers to the design and decorative arts centred round the work by teachers, students and graduates of the Glasgow School of Art produced between about 1890 and 1920.
Glasgow was the birthplace of the only Art Nouveau ‘movement’ in the UK and its style made ripples internationally. The exhibition presents objects from Glasgow Museums and the Mitchell Library and Archives as well as loans from private and public collections, presenting many objects which have never before been displayed outside of Scotland.
A sense of energetic joy, humour and personal expression can be seen in many early works made in the Glasgow Style. Furniture had presence and personality, while walls were stencilled with an abundance of stylised natural forms. Surfaces were frequently inlaid with texture and colour.
Mackintosh himself took inspiration from many sources including traditional Scottish forms, Japanese simplicity, geometry and nature. He analysed, drew together and refined ideas to create inventive three-dimensional forms and harmonious design schemes.
The exhibition takes place during what would have been Mackintosh’s 150th year and features more than 250 objects, ranging across the full spectrum of media, including stained glass, ceramics, mosaic, metalwork, furniture, stencilling, embroidery, graphics, books, interiors and architecture.