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French town proposes new Mackintosh museum

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is set to have a new permanent museum to his work open on the south coast of France, in the town where he spent the last four years of his life.

The mayor of small fishing town Port Vendre has asked Robin Crichton - a semiretired Scottish film-maker - to organise a temporary exhibition of Mackintosh's architectural drawings and local watercolours.

If the project - undertaken to mark the 100th anniversary (in 2005) of the Franco-British alliance, the Entente Cordiale - is successful, the local council plans to ask Crichton to develop proposals for a permanent exhibition in the town.

'Mackintosh is very important in the development of 20th-century architecture, but is not nearly as well known for his watercolours, ' Crichton told the AJ. 'And around here he is hardly known at all. We hope to put that right. With the unique blend of Franco-Scottish enthusiasm for this venture, I have no doubt it will succeed.'

Mackintosh lived in Port Vendre, on the Mediterranean coast in Perpignon, from 1923 to 1928, the period of his life in which he took up painting most seriously.

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