New exhibition Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style comes to Kelvingrove Art Gallery
- Rachael Clougton
- 19 January 2018
Rare works from this legendary Art Nouveau movement to go on show in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh's birth
2018 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of legendary Scottish architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928). An entire year of events and exhibitions have been programmed to celebrate, including the re-opening of the iconic Willow Tea Rooms in June (following a £10m restoration project) and a Scotland-wide festival in October, hosted by the Glasgow Mackintosh group. The most eagerly anticipated event though has to be Kelvingrove's major new exhibition, Making the Glasgow Style.
The 'Glasgow Style' was the only Art Nouveau movement to emerge from Britain in in the early 20th century. Kelvingrove promises to show 'the very best' of works from the movement taken from Glasgow's civic collections. As you'd expect, there's plenty of works by Mackintosh, and two extremely fragile watercolours made towards the end of the 19th century, 'Pinks' and 'Part Seen' are set to be amongst the highlights. These works are going on show for the first time in well over a decade.
The show will also give prominence to other contributors to the Style; 'The Seasons' – a series of paintings made in 1897 by sisters Francis Macdonald and Margaret Macdonald (members of the informal GSA collective 'The Four' along with Mackintosh and Francis' husband James Herbert McNair) should be an extraordinary sight for visitors. Other lesser known artists will also take the spotlight – a never-before-seen clock by Peter Wylie Davidson being one example. Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style are certainly not in need of more exposure, especially in their home city where they are known and loved, but happily, it seems there's still plenty more to discover.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow, Fri 30 Mar–Tue 14 Aug.