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Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Making the Glasgow Style

30 March to 14 August 2018

2018 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of celebrated Glasgow architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928). Glasgow Museums is delighted to celebrate this significant anniversary with a major new temporary exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This exhibition will be one of the key events in the city-wide Mackintosh 2018 programme.

The exhibition will span the lifetime of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and taking a chronological and thematic narrative, placing Mackintosh at the core of the story, it will present his work in the context of Glasgow, his key predecessors, influences and contemporaries, particularly those working in the Glasgow Style.

‘The Glasgow Style’ is the popular term given to the design and decorative arts centred around the work by teachers, students and graduates of The Glasgow School of Art produced between about 1890 and 1920. At the core of this style is the work of The Four: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his future wife Margaret Macdonald, her younger sister Frances Macdonald and Frances’s future husband, James Herbert McNair. Glasgow was the birthplace of the only Art Nouveau ‘movement’ in the UK and its style made ripples internationally.

This exhibition will present the very best of Glasgow’s internationally important civic collections, drawing from both those of Glasgow Museums and The Mitchell Library and Archives. A number of these civic works have never previously been on public display, and the majority has not been shown in Glasgow for 30 or more years. The exhibition will also include important loans from private and public collections. About 250 objects will be on display across the full spectrum of media, including stained glass, ceramics, mosaic, metalwork, furniture, stencilling, embroidery, graphics, books, interiors and architecture. The act of making will be communicated across this breadth of media – both through the exhibition and the accompanying event programme – to truly engage and inspire audiences of all ages to visit the other Mackintosh-related buildings and collections in and around Glasgow, and to make and create.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Making the Glasgow Style will then transfer to the Walker Gallery in Liverpool. It will then travel to 4 locations in the USA.

Dates are as follows:
The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, 15 March – 26 August 2019

The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland – 6 October 2019 to 26 January 2020*
Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee – 26 Jun 2020 -27 Sept 2020*
Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago*, 25 Feb – 23 May 2021
* A further venue in the USA, in partnership with the American Federation of Arts, will be announced in due course.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Glasgow Style gallery is divided into six stories. It is the largest display in the city of the Glasgow Style’s wide range of media and techniques: stained glass, works on paper, textiles and embroidery, jewellery, repoussé metalwork,silver, enamelwork, glass, gesso, furniture and interiors.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street
G3 8AG
T: +44 (0)141 276 9599
F: +44 (0)141 276 9540
W: www.glasgowmuseums.com
E: museums@csglasgow.org

Visitors Information

Kelvingrove has the range of facilities visitors expect from a world class museum.


Opening times
Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Closing days
25, 26 & 31 December (pm) & 1 & 2 January.

Travel Information
Five minutes’ walk from Kelvinhall Underground Station. Ten minutes’ walk from Kelvinbridge Underground Station. Subway trains run to Kelvin Hall station, near Kelvingrove, at intervals of four to eight minutes. Operating hours are Monday to Saturday 6.30am to 11.30pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Cars can be parked at the following Subway stations before travelling on to Kelvin Hall: Bridge Street, Kelvinbridge, Shields Road and West Street. Information available on 0870 608 2608 or www.spt.co.uk

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