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Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style

Coming to Albuquerque Museum in October 2021. A rich vocabulary of sensuous, attenuated, innovative forms that both reflected and shaped contemporaneous trends in design throughout Europe and the United States.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh 
Glasgow School of Art: North Elevation, March
1897, No.5 
Photo-mechanical reproduction and wash, with ink inscriptions
20 1/2 x 33 7/8 in.
Glasgow City Archives, The Mitchell Library

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow School of Art:, North Elevation, March 1897, No.5, Photo-mechanical reproduction and wash, with ink inscriptions, 20 1/2 x 33 7/8 in., Glasgow City Archives, The Mitchell Library

On View
October 30, 2021–January 23, 2022

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, The May Queen: panel for the Ladies’ Luncheon Room, Ingram Street Tearooms, 1900, detail

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, The May Queen: panel for the Ladies’ Luncheon Room, Ingram Street Tearooms, 1900, detail

 

This exhibition and tour are co-organized by American Federation of Arts and Glasgow Museums. The guest curator is Alison Brown.

Details subject to change.

 

The name Mackintosh is synonymous with cutting-edge modern design—sleek lines and emphatic geometries. Not in a generation has there been an international exhibition to examine this byline of modernity, and never before has an exhibition designed for the North American public contextualized Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) within the movement which made them both famous. Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style will be the first exhibition in the United States to highlight Mackintosh’s seminal work and to locate his production in relation to the larger circle of designers and craftspeople with which he shared sources, stylistic features, and patrons. This groundbreaking showcase will unpack themes such as the international influences and impact of the Glasgow Style and the Glasgow School of Art’s support and encouragement of women artists, and, much as the school’s lecturers did a century ago, the exhibition will emphasize the physical process of making. Many of the approximately 165 works, drawn from Glasgow’s most important public and private collections, have never been publicly displayed. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth, this exhibition will reveal the relationship between the artist most closely aligned with the Glasgow Style and the city, represented through the extraordinary wealth of the city’s civic collections.

In the final decades of the nineteenth century, the Glasgow Style emerged as the major manifestation of Art Nouveau in Britain, establishing the progressive city as Scotland’s cultural capital. Central to this development was the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), which fostered an ambitious and radical brand of intellectualism, liberating students, teachers, and their colleagues to experiment with materials and forms in a highly collaborative environment. The result was a rich vocabulary of sensuous, attenuated, innovative forms that both reflected and shaped contemporaneous trends in design throughout Europe and the United States. At the heart of this strikingly modern stylistic collective was The Four—the famed architect-designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh; his future wife, Margaret Macdonald; Margaret’s younger sister, Frances Macdonald; and Frances’s future husband, James Herbert McNair—who met while students at the GSA in 1892.