Mackintosh Architecture is the first ever exhibition to be devoted solely to the celebrated Scottish designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). And after its display in The Hunterian museum, Glasgow, this is a fantastic opportunity to see the architect in all his glory in London.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh biography
Mackintosh was an exceptional draughtsman from an early age. He became an architectural apprentice at 16, and pursued art and design through evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art over the following decade. Although Mackintosh is now widely recognised as one of the leading figures of late 19th and early 20th century architecture, this design exhibition London reveals a career that was marked as much by difficulties as it was by successes.
RIBA exhibition 2015 highlights
Hosted at RIBA, London the show features more than 60 original drawings and watercolours, models and films which animate the importance of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh architectural work. The collection exposes the evolution of his style, from his early work as an apprentice, to his later projects as an independent and distinguished architect.
Look out for a set of original designs for the Glasgow School of Art, including a cross-sectional model of the building, which was tragically damaged in a fire in 2014. Photos of the external structure and internal details like the furniture and lighting illustrate Mackintosh’s instinctively comprehensive approach to architectural design. Also on display are a number of the highly detailed Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture drawings, from well-known projects like the Glasgow Herald Building, the National Trust property Hill House and watercolours of the Daily Record Building and Glasgow Cathedral. A number of Mackintosh’s unrealised designs are on display as well, including artists’ studios in Chelsea, country lodges, House for an Art Lover and several other specially commissioned model, which reveal the unfulfilled end to his career.
You'll be particularly delighted by the stunning draughtsmanship of Mackintosh's designs with dramatic skies, stylised trees and frolicking figures. Alongside his subtle watercolours, these drawings highlight Mackintosh's artistic talent as well as his playful and accomplished vision in architectural design.
Contemporary architecture exhibition
Alongside RIBA's homage to Charles Rennie Mackintosh there are contemporary works on display by Glasgow School of Art alumni Kate Dove, Lucy Reynolds and Liz Lochhead. The cacophony of voices in Lucy Reynolds's Hen Run (2014) speak the names of GSA's first generations of women students, bringing forth Glasgow's feminist history. Meanwhile a poem by National Poet for Scotland in 2011, Lochhead, has her poem Three Stanzas for Charles Rennie Mackintosh (2009) read daily at 11am.
Of the architecture exhibitions London 2015, Mackintosh Architecture is an insightful look at the practices of the esteemed designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh
|What||Mackintosh Architecture, RIBA|
|Where||RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD, | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Regent's Park (underground)|
18 Feb 15 – 23 May 15, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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