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Mackintosh exhibition opens at RIBA

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An exhibition of work by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh has opened at the RIBA’s Architecture Gallery

The exhibition – entitled ‘Mackintosh Architecture’ – has been put together by Pamela Robertson, senior curator and professor of Mackintosh studies at the Hunterian, University of Glasgow, and marks the launch of a new website cataloguing the architectural works of the Glasgow-born legend.

It features more than 60 original drawings, watercolours and perspectives spanning the whole of Mackintosh’s career and including his designs for the Scotland Street School, Hill House and the Glasgow Herald Building.

Also on show are Mackintosh’s original designs for the Glasgow School of Art. A model showing a cross-section of the school and photographs of the external and internal details illustrate his early focus on designing every aspect of a building: the exterior, interior, furniture and lighting.

This is the first exhibition solely focusing on Mackintosh’s architecture, and although internationally recognised today, he achieved little popular success during his lifetime and many of his designs were unrealised.  

The exhibition will display a number of his unbuilt designs including artists’ studios in Chelsea, country lodges, the House for an Art Lover (subsequently built in Glasgow the 1990s) alongside specially commissioned models.

Mackintosh Architecture

Architecture Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
From 18 February – 23 May 2015

 

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