Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Making the Glasgow style
15 March 2019 – 26 August 2019
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About this exhibition


This exhibition showcased the life and work of architectural genius, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) alongside the work of his closest friends and contemporaries.

With more than 250 objects featured, ranging from furniture and embroidery to stained glass, metalwork and architectural drawings, the exhibition explored the movement that became known as The Glasgow Style – the only Art Nouveau movement in the UK.

The Glasgow Style grew out of the technical studios of the Glasgow School of Art and a group of brilliant young designers, including the work of ‘The Four’ - Mackintosh and James Herbert McNair, who worked together at an architects practice, and the sisters Frances and Margaret Macdonald.

The Four’s close relationship developed into romance for McNair and Frances, who married in 1899, and for Mackintosh and Margaret, who married in 1900. The Mackintoshes often worked together harmoniously on different projects, inspiring and supporting one another. Work by all four artists featured in the exhibition. 

The exhibition also showcased panelling, furniture and light fittings from many of the artistic tearooms designed by Mackintosh for Glasgow businesswoman Miss Catherine Cranston. This included a section from the Chinese Room of the Ingram Street Tearooms, which has not previously been displayed outside of Scotland.

Header Image: Poster for The Scottish Musical Review; May edition, 1896 (edited), Charles Rennie Mackintosh, © CSGCIC Glasgow Museums


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