‘In architecture, originality is a crime’ Margaret McDonald
You might have heard, 2018 is the year of Mackintosh! Kelvingrove Art Galley and Museum is celebrating Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s works, life and legacy in this the year of the 150th anniversary of his birth with a unique and crucial exhibition, opening in March.
Born 1868 to Glasgow’s Townhead, Mackintosh studied at Glasgow School of Art before joining architects Honeyman and Keppie – neatly enough, his design for the main building at the school, created while working there as a junior draughtsman, is now regarded as his greatest accomplishment. Generally regarded as one of the most influential creative figures of the 20th Century, a leading figure in Scottish Arts and Crafts and a significant force in the Art Nouveau movement, he is one artist who has, posthumously, perhaps been a victim of his own success. Forget the dish towels and tea cosies brandishing the torn from context reproductions of his famous stained glass that have perhaps clouded his image and get down to Kelvingrove to experience the maverick’s work first hand. Many of the objects will be on public display in Glasgow for the first time in 30 years so you’re in for a treat.
As well as the major Kelvingrove exhibition you can look forward to a programme of events at locations around Glasgow and beyond, designed to appeal to both those who know nothing about Mackintosh as well as those more familiar with his life and work. To list a few… The Lighthouse and at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, the soon to be re-opened Mackintosh at the Willow and Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street, The Glasgow School of Art, The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow, House for An Art Lover and the new V&A Dundee will also host dedicated programmes..
Keep an eye out for future editions of TSA where we’ll have more on the plans for the year as they are announced and don’t forget to bookmark the festival website glasgowmackintosh.com/festival
Fun Fact 1 :
Although designed in the 19th Century, Mackintosh’s iconic chairs have appeared in futuristic blockbusters including Blade Runner, Dr Who and Inception.
Fun Fact 2:
Louis Vuitton used replicas of the distinctive high-back chairs to seat guests at his 2016 Paris Fashion Week show.