Print Edition - 2017-05-03  |  Life & Style

Mackintosh’s unseen works on display

- The guardian, GLASGOW

May 3, 2017-

The 150th anniversary of the birth of architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh will be celebrated in Glasgow with an exhibition of previously unseen works next year.

The programme of events will include an exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum showcasing works by Mackintosh and his contemporaries. Many of the works will be on display for the first time in a generation, while others will be given their first public appearance.

The exhibition includes works by Mackintosh, his future wife Margaret Macdonald, her younger sister Frances Macdonald, and her future husband James Herbert McNair.

Alison Brown, a curator with Glasgow Museums, said of the anniversary: “Charles Rennie Mackintosh is rightly celebrated around the world as one of the most creative figures of the 20th century.

“He is regarded as the father of Glasgow Style, arguably Britain’s most important contribution to the international art nouveau movement. As we approach this significant anniversary I am thrilled Glasgow Museums will join in a city-wide celebration with an exhibition commemorating one of their most famous sons.” Glasgow Style designs and art works were created by teachers, students and graduates of The Glasgow School of Art between about 1890 and 1920. Mackintosh, the Macdonald sisters and McNair were at the core of this movement.

Duncan Dornan, head of Glasgow Museums, added: “Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse, a position that is as relative today as it was over 100 years ago when Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his contemporaries created Glasgow Style, which remains instantly recognisable and continues to permeate the designs of many different things we see today. His contribution to cultural life in Scotland cannot be understated.”

Published: 03-05-2017 08:24

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