Kelvingrove Museum kick starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

Kelvingrove Museum kick starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

Glasgow Museums celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with Making the Glasgow Style - a major, new exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum!

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of Glasgow's greatest sons, the architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will host Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style from 30 March to 14 August 2018.

Glasgow Museums will commemorate this significant anniversary with a major new temporary exhibition spanning Mackintosh's lifetime, 1868–1928. By following a chronological narrative, Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style presents his work in context to Glasgow, key predecessors, influences and Glasgow Style contemporaries.

The dynamic and entrepreneurial creative spirit in the City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is captured; showcasing the rich diversity of designers and artists, educators, institutions, manufacturers and industrialists then working in Glasgow and in design and technical education of that time at The Glasgow School of Art.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style showcases the very best of Glasgow’s internationally renowned civic collections, alongside key loans from The Hunterian, The Glasgow School of Art, the V&A and a number of private lenders. Several of these works have never been on public display and the majority have not been shown in Glasgow for 30 or more years.

Councillor David McDonald, the Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “We are delighted to bring this magnificent exhibition to Kelvingrove to celebrate the incredible legacy and creative genius of Glasgow’s greatest cultural icon. Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s ground-breaking work is now synonymous with Glasgow and lauded internationally so it is only right we mark the 150th anniversary of his birth with something very special.”

“This exhibition gives Mackintosh aficionados space and time to enjoy a wealth of stunning objects, a number of which they will never have had the opportunity to see before. It has given us an opportunity to invest in the conservation and preservation of some fantastic pieces of art and design in our civic collections and share a new presentation of the Glasgow Style story, its influence and its incredible art with a whole new generation.”


Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander added: “This much anticipated exhibition, commemorating Mackintosh’s remarkable achievements and the birth of the Glasgow Style, is a wonderful way to start the city’s Mackintosh 150 celebrations. We look forward to welcoming the people of Glasgow, together with visitors from across the UK and further afield, to join us in celebrating one of our most famous sons. We are confident audiences will be in awe of the incredible works on show.”

“Looking forward, this year of events will help cement Mackintosh’s legacy as a key asset in attracting tourists to Glasgow. His art, architecture and design are paramount in helping to grow the city’s economy by increasing overnight visits by one million over the next six years.”


Born in Glasgow on 7 June 1868, Charles Rennie Mackintosh went on to be regarded as one of the most creative figures of the 20th century and a leading figure in both the Scottish Arts & Crafts Movement and European Art Nouveau. An architect, designer and artist, Mackintosh left a legacy of magnificent work and is considered one of the principal exponents of the Glasgow Style.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style charts Glasgow’s contribution in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, a time when there was an energetic and radical outpouring of new ideas across all the arts in Europe, most notably in the fields of design and architecture. In Glasgow, this gave birth to the Glasgow Style, a distinctive variant of Art Nouveau centred on The Glasgow School of Art. At the heart of it was the work of 'The Four': Mackintosh, his future wife Margaret Macdonald, her younger sister Frances, and Frances’ future husband, James Herbert McNair.

The exhibition features more than 250 objects, which highlight the diverse spectrum of media Mackintosh and his contemporaries mastered. These include: stained glass, glass, ceramics, mosaic, metalwork, furniture, textiles, stencilling, needlework and embroidery, posters, books, interior and tearoom design, and architectural drawings.

Key highlights include a section of lathe and plaster wall with a stencilled design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms. An early example, from 1900 of his internationally renowned rose motif, this wall section was salvaged just prior to the building being gutted and repurposed into a hotel in 1971. Meticulously conserved, this stunning piece of architectural history will be on display for the first time since its removal from the former tearoom premises. This will be shown alongside a number of other decorative elements and fittings from the interiors of the Ingram Street Tearooms, again for the first time on public display; conserved especially for this show.

Other feature objects include delicate watercolours not shown in a generation, including Pinks, Grey Iris and Part Seen, Imagined Part. Unique pieces of furniture, including a high backed chair from the Ingram Street Tearooms, 1900, and a chair for the drawing and music room at Hous’hill, Nitshill, 1904. Four beautifully repoussé-lead framed symbolic watercolours by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s wife Margaret Macdonald and her sister Frances Macdonald entitled The Seasons, of 1897–98 will be shown together for the first time since the early 1980s, together with a stunning poster for The Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts designed by the Macdonald sisters and James Herbert McNair.

The exhibition is given a deeper context by the inclusion of work never before seen on public display by some of Mackintosh’s key Glasgow Style contemporaries, including a standing clock by Peter Wylie Davidson, an illustrated score cover for Wagner’s Götterdämmerung by Dorothy Carleton Smyth, and sketchbooks owned and filled by Talwin Morris. Also on show are original drawings for both the exterior and interior designs for some of his architectural masterpieces.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style begins by exploring the Young Mackintosh’s Glasgow and his early influences. It moves on to The Shock of the New, the controversial Spook School period of the Glasgow Style and a look at Mackintosh’s early tearooms and architectural masterpieces, before looking more in depth at his work with The Four and the work of his friends and contemporaries including James Salmon Junior, Jessie Marion King and Talwin Morris. A central theme of the exhibition is the art of design and making and the work emerging from the Technical Art Studios at The Glasgow School of Art and studios and workshops around the city. Renowned for his architectural designs, his transformative use of light and his approach to the interior as a total work of art, the exhibition examines Mackintosh’s architecture and design before finishing with a look at his career away from Glasgow, the evolution of the Glasgow Style into Art Deco and his move into intricate watercolour painting towards the end of his life.

The exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum is one of the highlight events in a yearlong celebration throughout 2018 entitled Mackintosh 150. It is co-ordinated by Mackintosh heritage partners from across Glasgow and beyond and includes a programme of events at The Lighthouse and at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, as well as the re-opening of Mackintosh at the Willow, Miss Cranston’s original tearooms 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 all play host to dedicated event and exhibition programmes.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style opens at Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow on Friday 30 March and runs until Tuesday 14 August 2018. Tickets cost £7 per adult/ £5 per concession, children under 16 free. For more information visit www.glasgowmuseums.com

Last Updated: 29 March 2018 10:02

Latest Local News

War Horse gallops into Glasgow

War Horse gallops into Glasgow

Joey, the life-size horse puppet, visits Glasgow to officially launch the Armadillo run of War Horse!
Last Updated: 18th September 2018
Late Night Studio Jazz at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Late Night Studio Jazz at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Glasgow UNESCO City of Music presents the best in Scottish and international Jazz talent as the Late Night Studio Jazz season returns with its 7th and largest edition.
Last Updated: 17th September 2018
Enjoy a delicious day out at the BBC Good Food Show Scotland

Enjoy a delicious day out at the BBC Good Food Show Scotland

A celebration of the region’s finest food and drink, the BBC Good Food Show Scotland will be returning to Glasgow’s SEC Centre for its 12th year from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October!
Last Updated: 14th September 2018
Glasgow Girls to make big stage debut!

Glasgow Girls to make big stage debut!

Cora Bissett and David Greig’s life affirming Scottish drama, Glasgow Girls is to run at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow next year!
Last Updated: 13th September 2018
Jane McCarry in Nativity! The Musical

Jane McCarry in Nativity! The Musical

The producers of the smash-hit NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL, are thrilled to announce that Still Game's Jane McCarry will join the cast for the production’s run at the King’s Theatre!
Last Updated: 13th September 2018
Anita Dobson set to star as Miss Hannigan in Annie

Anita Dobson set to star as Miss Hannigan in Annie

Producers Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce that Anita Dobson will star as Miss Hannigan in their smash hit production of the musical ANNIE playing at The King’s Theatre!
Last Updated: 13th September 2018
Key dates in the Glasgow Christmas calendar announced!

Key dates in the Glasgow Christmas calendar announced!

Glasgow Loves Christmas have just announced dates for their Christmas Markets, Christmas Lights Switch On, Santa Dash, Style Mile Carnival and more!
Last Updated: 12th September 2018
Submissions open for unique youth led film festival

Submissions open for unique youth led film festival

Young film-makers can look forward to a new film festival dedicated to showcasing young and diverse future film-makers, from directors to writers, production designers, cinematographers and more!
Last Updated: 10th September 2018
Final call for Toddle Waddle

Final call for Toddle Waddle

Little ones looking to get their steps in have just a month left to sign up to St. Enoch Centre’s much loved Toddle Waddle!
Last Updated: 10th September 2018
Innis & Gunn brings brewing to Argyle St Arches

Innis & Gunn brings brewing to Argyle St Arches

Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has landed in Glasgow’s legendary Argyle St Arches, extending the largest fourth arch as on onsite brewery and craft beer bar.
Last Updated: 7th September 2018
Late night bar Revolution launches on Mitchell Street

Late night bar Revolution launches on Mitchell Street

The wait was finally over as Revolution Mitchell Street opened its doors to the public last weekend with the who's who of Glasgow in attendance.
Last Updated: 7th September 2018
New classes for school children start this weekend at the Theatre Royal Glasgow!

New classes for school children start this weekend at the Theatre Royal Glasgow!

Theatre Royal in Glasgow has an exciting opportunity for budding and aspiring performers with its new range of arts workshops tailored for young people of primary and secondary age.
Last Updated: 6th September 2018
SEC Donates 170,000 trees to sustainable charity

SEC Donates 170,000 trees to sustainable charity

The Scottish Event Campus has reached a milestone in its long-standing relationship with Trees for Life by donating 170,000 trees to the charity on behalf of clients.
Last Updated: 4th September 2018
Tim Minchin is Back:  UK Tour Announced For 2019

Tim Minchin is Back: UK Tour Announced For 2019

TIM MINCHIN, award-winning comedian, actor and composer, will return to the stage for his first UK tour dates since 2011.
Last Updated: 30th August 2018
Sold out Edinburgh Fringe sensation, SIX, comes to Glasgow!

Sold out Edinburgh Fringe sensation, SIX, comes to Glasgow!

From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales! Catch Six The Musical when it comes to Glasgow!
Last Updated: 28th August 2018
The Scottish Wedding Show comes back to Glasgow for spectacular Autumn event!

The Scottish Wedding Show comes back to Glasgow for spectacular Autumn event!

Save the date! The Scottish Wedding Show is back for 2018, and is the perfect event for couples across Scotland who are preparing to walk down the aisle!
Last Updated: 24th August 2018
Super Market teams up with Radiant & Brighter this Sunday at Argyle St Arches

Super Market teams up with Radiant & Brighter this Sunday at Argyle St Arches

Glasgow’s biggest regular independent market, Super Market, is back this Sunday 26th August and they are teaming up with Radiant & Brighter to bring a new unique creative talent to Glasgow.
Last Updated: 23rd August 2018
Celebrate Local Nature Reserves Day

Celebrate Local Nature Reserves Day

Join Forest Enterprise Scotland and the Glasgow Countryside Rangers for the Garscadden Wood Local Nature Reserve (LNR) celebration this weekend.
Last Updated: 21st August 2018
Tickets released tomorrow for Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

Tickets released tomorrow for Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

Get your itineraries ready- bookings open for ticketed events tomorrow, Wednesday 22nd August at 10am!
Last Updated: 21st August 2018
Beat the back to school blues with Flip Out Glasgow

Beat the back to school blues with Flip Out Glasgow

Flip Out Glasgow is offering customers an exclusive back to school offer throughout August, which is guaranteed to put a spring in the step of families!
Last Updated: 20th August 2018
Cineworld brings classic films to 4DX this Summer

Cineworld brings classic films to 4DX this Summer

The heatwave might be over but Cineworld is here to save your Summer with 4DX – Never Been Seen!
Last Updated: 17th August 2018
The SSE Hydro to Fire Up Scotland!

The SSE Hydro to Fire Up Scotland!

A new event aimed at youngsters will take place at the SSE Hydro on 12th September this year!
Last Updated: 16th August 2018
VisitScotland launch a new Literary Tourism Trail

VisitScotland launch a new Literary Tourism Trail

VisitScotland launches Scotland’s Storybook Trail where book lovers of all ages can embark on a literary adventure inspired by their favourite storybook characters!
Last Updated: 10th August 2018
Children wanted for Nativity the Musical

Children wanted for Nativity the Musical

The producers of Natvity! The Musical are on the look-out for children aged 9-12 star in the Scottish leg of the production’s 2018 UK tour!
Last Updated: 9th August 2018
The ultimate fantasy festival line up comes to Strathclyde Park!

The ultimate fantasy festival line up comes to Strathclyde Park!

On Saturday 1st September the first ever Tributes in the Park will take place at Strathclyde Park, Motherwell and we have a fantastic 50% off ticket offer!
Last Updated: 9th August 2018
MGS announces new year round fund to replace the annual Festival of Museums

MGS announces new year round fund to replace the annual Festival of Museums

Museums Galleries Scotland has announced that the annual Festival of Museums weekend will not return in 2019.
Last Updated: 9th August 2018
Alexandra Burke returns to Theatre Royal Glasgow in The Bodyguard

Alexandra Burke returns to Theatre Royal Glasgow in The Bodyguard

Theatre Royal, Glasgow are thrilled to welcome Alexandra Burke to the venue this Christmas where she will reprise her role of Rachel Marron in the West End smash-hit musical, The Bodyguard.
Last Updated: 9th August 2018
Streetwear and sneaker event to launch in Glasgow

Streetwear and sneaker event to launch in Glasgow

A brand-new sneaker and streetwear event is set to launch in Glasgow in 2019 at the Scottish Event Campus!
Last Updated: 9th August 2018
Introducing GlasGLOW

Introducing GlasGLOW

itison unveils half million-pound event to make Glasgow the home of Halloween!
Last Updated: 8th August 2018
Final opportunity to see the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style exhibition

Final opportunity to see the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style exhibition

There's just one week left to catch the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style exhibition at Kelvingrove before it closes on August 14th!
Last Updated: 7th August 2018

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Witches Fae Easterhoose
Des Dillon, writer of Singin I’m No A Billy I’m A Tim, brings his HILARIOUS smash hit dark comedy, Witches Fae Easterhoose to the Pavilion Theatre Glasgow!
Blue Light Festival
The Blue Light Festival returns to Riverside Museum over the September Weekend featuring an array of emergency vehicles old and new!
Celtic - The Musical
Featuring the songs that have rung round Celtic Park over the years (performed by a live band), Celtic - The Musical tells the amazing story of this legendary club.
Party Nights With The George Bowie Experience
Get ready to dance like you have never danced before at this year’s unmissable Hilton Glasgow Party Nights featuring Clann An Drumma and The George Bowie Experience!
SSE Scottish Music Awards
The SSE Scottish Music Awards returns once again in 2018, celebrating twenty years of raising vital funds for Nordoff Robbins Scotland, whilst honouring the biggest and best in Scottish music!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »