18 July 2014 – 4 January 2015
Hunterian Art Gallery
Mackintosh Architecture celebrates the completion of a major research project led by The Hunterian, ‘Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning’ www.mackintosh-architecture.gla.ac.uk
It is the first substantial exhibition devoted to Mackintosh’s architecture, with over 80 architectural drawings, many never exhibited before, rarely seen archival material, and specially commissioned films and models.
The Scottish architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928), is celebrated worldwide, hailed variously as an exponent of art nouveau, a modernist, a symbolist, an artist-architect. Understanding of his architectural career has tended to focus on a familiar group of buildings and unbuilt designs, marked out by the individuality of their formal design and detailing.
By contrast, the ‘Mackintosh Architecture’ project aims to establish a more rounded picture, placing Mackintosh within the context of the office of John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh and its extended network of clients, contractors and suppliers. High and low-status buildings are acknowledged – both were part of the professional architect’s output. And due weight is given to the functional and constructional aspects, financial and other practical constraints, which shaped a design as well as its aesthetic qualities. Particular emphasis is placed in the exhibition on Mackintosh’s domestic designs, which comprise some of his most significant achievements.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Monument Trust.
Sponsored by Turcan Connell.
Organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects.