From February 18th to May 23rd, RIBA will be hosting the first retrospective exhibition on the life and works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This exhibition, named Mackintosh Architecture, puts in context the environment in which he worked –the city of Glasgow, and the several phases in his career, working first as a collaborator, and later as an independent architect and designer.
The exhibition features documentary works such as films and portraits to explain Charles Mackintosh’s career and personal life, through its difficulties and its successes, and his close collaboration with his wife, artist and designer Margaret Macdonald. However, the highlights of the exhibition are the over 60 original pieces of work of the architect’s production, including a number of detailed and highly characteristic ink drawings for projects including the Glasgow Herald Building, Scotland Street School, and The Hill House. His original design for the Glasgow School of Art will also be showing, along with film footage and a model of the school and a selection of stunning watercolours.
Celebrated worldwide, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the leading figures of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture, and arguably Scotland’s most famous architect, designer and artist. He was born in Townhead, Glasgow in 1868 and he began his career as an architect as an apprentice to local architect John Hutchinson. Moving on to Honeyman&Keppie in 1889, he worked on the Glasgow School of Art, which is often seen as the building that represents Mackintosh’s architectural style.
RIBA’s exhibition on Charles Rennie Mackintosh has been made in partnership with The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, and will be open from 18 February to 23 May 2015 in RIBA 66 Portland Place, London. The entrance is free.
Learn more about this exhibition in RIBA’s website
Learn more about The Hunterian’s research on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, clicking here.
Event’s information via RIBA What’s On.
Images via The Hunterian. All rights reserved.