Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition RIBA

Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition at RIBA, Buildings, Scottish Architect, England

Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition RIBA

London Architectural Show, 66 Portland Place, UK

18 Feb 2015 ; 28 Nov 2014

Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition RIBA

Exhibition: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1, England

Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition at the RIBA

ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS PRESS RELEASE: 28 November 2014

Mackintosh Architecture

18 Feb – 23 May 2015

Architecture Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

The Scottish architect, artist and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 – 1928) is celebrated worldwide. Yet during his lifetime his career was marked as much by its difficulties as by its successes, with many of his designs unrealised. Mackintosh Architecture is the first exhibition to be devoted to his architecture and offers the opportunity to view over 60 original drawings, watercolours and perspectives spanning the whole of his career. Seen together they reveal the evolution of his style from his early apprenticeship to his later projects as an individual architect and designer.

Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition

From an early age, Mackintosh was an exceptional draughtsman. He became an architectural apprentice aged 16 and one year later embarked on a decade of evening classes in art and design at the Glasgow School of Art Building. On display will be a number of his exquisitely detailed, and highly characteristic, ink drawings for projects including the Glasgow Herald Building, Scotland Street School, The Hill House, Queen’s Cross Church and Windyhill.

Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition

The exhibition features Mackintosh’s original designs for the Glasgow School of Art, which he prepared at the early age of twenty nine. 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. Visitors can also watch film footage of the school.

Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition

The exhibition puts in context the environment in which he was designing these projects: the city of Glasgow and the opportunities and clients he found there; his apprenticeship and early collaborative work as part of an architectural practice, to his work an independent architect and designer; the inspiration he drew from traditional Scottish baronial architecture, and his collaboration with his wife, the accomplished artist and designer Margaret Macdonald. An example of their collaborative work can be seen in the 1901 ‘House for an Art Lover’ designs.

Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition

Highlights of the exhibition include Mackintosh’s stunning watercolours of the Daily Record Building and Glasgow Cathedral; a selection of models of built and unbuilt projects; a large oil portrait of Mackintosh, by the headmaster at the Glasgow School of Art, Francis Newbery and other photographic portraits.

Although internationally celebrated today, Mackintosh achieved little popular success during his lifetime. The majority of his projects were realised between 1896 and 1909, after which he was frustrated by the lack of commissions and patrons, leaving many of his designs 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 has been developed in association with The Hunterian, University of Glasgow. It marks the completion of a four-year AHRC-funded research project led by The Hunterian into Mackintosh’s architecture.

Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition

The exhibition is part of a RIBA season of wide ranging events and workshops, designed for all ages and experience levels.

Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition – Background Information

The Architecture Gallery at RIBA is open from 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and until 8pm every Tuesday. It is closed on Sundays. Free entrance. RIBA is at 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD. Nearest tubes are Oxford Circus, Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street. The exhibition is part of a RIBA season of wide ranging events and workshops, designed for all ages and experience levels. For further information go to www.architecture.com/whatson

The Architecture Gallery opened in February 2014 in the RIBA’s Grade II* listed Art Deco HQ. Through regular, free exhibitions that explore the past, present and future of our built environment the gallery programme will help visitors discover and explore architecture. The gallery offers the opportunity for the RIBA to display its world class collections contained in the British Architectural Library. To explore the RIBA collections online go to: http://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Visitus/Library/Collections/Collections.aspx

Mackintosh Architecture was curated by Pamela Robertson, Senior Curator and Professor of Mackintosh Studies at The Hunterian for the Glasgow exhibition and by Susan Pugh, Curator, RIBA Drawings and Archives for the RIBA exhibition in London.

Mackintosh Architecture is the result of a four-year research project led by Professor Pamela Robertson, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow. This has delivered the first authoritative catalogue and analysis of Mackintosh’s architecture:

www.mackintosh-architecture.gla.ac.uk

The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council with additional support from the Pilgrim Trust and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland provided collaborative input.

The Hunterian is home to the largest single holding of the work of Scottish artist, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 – 1928) and The Mackintosh House, the reassembled interiors from his Glasgow home. www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian

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Mackintosh Season at the RIBA: Full programmeMackintosh Architecture: Friday Tours and Talks

27 February – 22 May 2015

Every Friday except Good Friday, 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

Free Admission

Discover more about the fascinating story of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Mackintosh Architecture exhibition and the themes it raises through a new series of FREE Friday tours and short talks. Hosting these are Catherine Croft (Director, Twentieth Century Society), Alan Powers (author and historian), Esther Freud (author), Richard Martin (film writer and lecturer) and Valeria Carullo (RIBA Curator).

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Phone: +44 (0)20 7037 3699

Talk – Mackintosh: The Making of a Modern Man

Tuesday 17 March

6.30pm – 8.20pm

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

£15 (£10 students/RIBA Members/Friends)

Discussion charting the making of celebrated Scottish architect, artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his legacy today. Chaired by broadcaster Kevin McCloud with Pamela Robertson (Curator and Professor of Mackintosh Studies The Hunterian University of Glasgow), Dan Cruickshank (Historian and TV presenter), Clare Devine (Director of Architecture at Design Council) and Prof. Chris Platt (Head of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art).

Website : Booking essential

Phone: +44 (0)20 7037 3699

Workshop – Explore & Draw: Repeat, Refine, Re-Draw

Saturday 21 March 2015

11.00am – 4.00pm

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

£30 (£20 students with valid ID)

This practical drawing workshop investigates how Charles Rennie Mackintosh used pattern and repetition to develop his own distinct style. Participants will examine a selection of original hand drawings by Mackintosh before taking part in an on-site drawing session at London’s Triton Square. Suitable for artists at all levels, including beginners.

Website : Booking essential

Phone: +44 (0)20 7307 3703 (phone line open Tuesday and Friday)

Late Tuesday: Great Scots! – Architecture, Invention and Icons

Tuesday 31 March 2015

6.00pm – 10.00pm

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

Free

Special late evening of talks, films, workshops and more charting 200 years of ‘Great Scots!’ architecture and invention – its evolution and its icons. Part of the Mackintosh Season.

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Phone: +44 (0)20 7037 3699

Talk – Cities of Modernity: European Art and Architecture, 1880–1914

Tuesday 21 April 2015

6.30pm – 8.20pm

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

£9 (£6.50 students/RIBA Members/Friends)

From Glasgow to Vienna and Paris to Barcelona, RIBA hosts a one night European tour charting the bright lights and beating hearts of a changing continent. Chaired by writer and critic Justin McGuirk with Stephen Smith (BBC Newsnight Cultural Correspondent), Alan Powers (Author and historian) and Greg Votalato (Royal College of Art/V&A). Part of the Mackintosh Season.

Website : Booking essential

Phone: +44 (0)20 7037 3699

Workshop – Point & Shoot: Total Architecture I – Repetition and Pattern

Saturday 9 May 2015

11.00am – 4.00pm

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

£30 (£20 students with valid ID)

Taking inspiration from Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s idea of Total Design, this practical photography workshop includes a study session looking at a selection of original Mackintosh drawings followed by an on-location photography shoot exploring the use of repetition and pattern in architectural practice. Participants must bring their own equipment; a digital SLR camera is recommended. Please bring your own lunch.

Website : Booking essential

Phone: +44 (0)20 7307 3703 (phone line open Tuesday and Friday)

Talk – Beyond Buildings: Architects as Designers and Makers

Tuesday 12 May 2015

6.30pm – 8.20pm

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

£9 (£6.50 students/RIBA Members/Friends)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was one of the first architects to embrace a ‘Total’ approach to design. From chairs and cars to homes and handbags, RIBA charts a century of collaboration and crossovers. Discussion chaired with architecture and design critic at The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright with Roger Billcliffe (Mackintosh Historian & Author), David Nelson (Head of Design, Fosters + Partners), Catherine Ince (Curator, Barbican Art Gallery) and Zaha Hadid Architects.

Website : Booking essential

Phone: +44 (0)20 7037 3699

Workshop – Point & Shoot: Total Architecture II – The Past in the Present

Saturday 16 May 2015

11.00am – 4.00pm

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

£30 (£20 students with valid ID)

Inspired by Mackintosh’s considered references to historical and vernacular architecture, this practical photography workshop uses the camera to investigate traces of the past in contemporary design. Participants must bring their own equipment; a digital SLR camera is recommended.

Website : Booking essential

Phone: +44 (0)20 7307 3703 (phone line open Tuesday and Friday)

Mackintosh Season: For children, families and young people

Building Blocks at the RIBA

Friday 13 March 2015 – Friday 24 April

10.00am – 10.45am, for days see description

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

£2/child (on the door)

Under 5s

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Phone: +44 (0)20 7307 3703 (phone line open Tuesday and Friday)

Friday 13 March – Rainy Day Mackintosh: Listen to some rainy day stories before using tissue paper, crayons and cellophane to add rain showers and puddles to works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Friday 10 April – All About Castles: Build a fantastic castle and clip-clop around on imaginary horses before settling in for a castle-themed story. Part of the Mackintosh Season.

Friday 24 April – Flowers and Plants: Search Mackintosh windows and textiles for flowers and plants before using real leaves and petals to print floral wallpaper.

Design Quest at the RIBA

Thursday 9 April 2015 – Friday 10 April 2015

11.00am – 4.00pm, for days see description

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

£35 (£20 children eligible for free school lunch)

Ages 7-11

Website : RIBA

Phone: +44 (0)20 7307 3703 (phone line open Tuesday and Friday)

Thursday 9 April – Stained Glass: Experiment with light and colour to create your own magical patterns inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Take home your own ‘stained glass’ creation! Please bring your own lunch.

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Friday 10 April – Our House: In a series of games and challenges inspired by the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, our young architects will design and build a house for a rather curious family… Please bring your own lunch.

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Design Days at the RIBA

Thursday 2 April 2015 – Monday 13 April 2015

11.00am – 4.00pm, for days see description

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

£35 (£20 children eligible for free school lunch)

Ages 11-15

Website : RIBA

Phone: +44 (0)20 7307 3703 (phone line open Tuesday and Friday)

Thursday 2 April – Font and Centre: From calligraphy to graffiti, discover the craftsmanship of drawing letters. Use pen, print or spray paint to express your own unique style in a signature font! Please bring your own lunch. Part of the Mackintosh Season.

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Tuesday 7 April – Mash-Up Architecture: Charles Rennie Mackintosh used elements of historical buildings, art, pop culture and contemporary design to create a signature style of architecture. Use collage and different drawing techniques to mash up text, logos and patterns into architectural creations that say something about you. Please bring your own lunch.

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Wednesday 8 April – Mack to the Street: Bollards and benches. Streetlamps and post boxes. What is street furniture, and how does it define where we live? Explore the artistic influences behind Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work before designing your own masterpiece of Art Nouveau street furniture for display in RIBA’s headquarters. Please bring your own lunch.

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Monday 13 April – Bring Your Drawings to Life: Inspired by the incredibly life-like and realistic drawings of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, explore and practice a wide range of drawing techniques that will bring your original architectural designs to life. Please bring your own lunch.

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Skill Up at the RIBA

Thursday 2 April 2015 – Monday 13 April 2015

11.00am – 4.00pm, for days see description

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus / Regent’s Park / Great Portland Street

£35 (£20 eligible for free school lunch)

Ages 15-18

Website : RIBA

Phone: +44 (0)20 7307 3703 (phone line open Tuesday and Friday)

Thursday 2 April – A Sense of Style: Taking inspiration from the marriage of art and architecture in the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, learn and practice various architectural drawing techniques and use collage, repeated pattern, form and colour, to identify and develop your signature style. Please bring your own lunch.

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Thursday 9 April – Total Architecture 1: Thinking about studying architecture? Hear directly from RIBA representatives and currently enrolled students about what it is like to study architecture at university. Meet like-minded young people and develop your technical and drawing skills while working to a set architectural brief. Please bring your own lunch. Part of the Mackintosh Season.

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Friday 10 April – Total Architecture 2: Create a winning architectural portfolio. Learn what makes a good portfolio – and how to avoid making a bad one! Get tips and tricks to make your work stand out from the crowd. Present your work in a style guaranteed to get you noticed. Please bring your own lunch. Part of the Mackintosh Season.

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Monday 13 April – Inside/Outside: Charles Rennie Mackintosh practiced a holistic approach to architecture that gave equal weight to interior and exterior design. Take inspiration from Mackintosh’s ‘total design’ and design a structure from the inside-out. Please bring your own lunch.

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RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD. Tel: 020 7580 5533; www.architecture.com/programmes. Nearest tubes are Regents Park, Oxford Circus and Great Portland Street.

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Admission to the exhibitions at the RIBA is FREE.

Venue: The Architecture Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD, London.

Nearest tube: Great Portland Street, Oxford Circus or Regent’s Park

For public enquiries – Tel: 020 7307 3699 www.architecture.com/programmes. The RIBA is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5.45pm and until 22.00 every Tuesday. It is closed on Sundays.




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