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Mackintosh Architecture

Date: 15/07/2014

Mackintosh is celebrated internationally as one of the most creative and individual artists and designers of the early 20th century but his core activity as an architect has been remarkably under-researched.

Mackintosh Architecture is the first major exhibition to be devoted to Mackintosh's architectural work, featuring over 80 architectural drawings from The Hunterian and collections across the UK. Many have never been exhibited before and are on display alongside specially commissioned film, models and rarely seen archival material.

Challenging the familiar view of Mackintosh as the isolated genius, the exhibition presents the wider context of the practice of Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh, introducing the contractors, suppliers and clients who supported the delivery of the buildings and outlining the building process, from initial planning permissions to final inspections. The exhibition also has a particular focus on Mackintosh's designs for dwelling houses.

Mackintosh Architecture is the result of a landmark four-year research project which delivers the first comprehensive evaluation of Mackintosh's architectural career. The Arts and Humanities Reseach Council (AHRC) project, Mackintosh Architecture: Context Making and Meaning, has also resulted in a major new online resource. The website launches in July and provides a richly illustrated catalogue of Mackintosh's architectural projects and architectural drawings, over 3000 images, 350 biographies, timeline, interactive map, glossary and bibliography. Click here to visit the Mackintosh online resource (opens in new window).

Mackintosh Architecture opens at the Hunterian Art Gallery on 18 July and runs until 4 January 2015.

The exhibition is supported by three special displays which showcase Mackintosh's skills as a draughtsman and designer, largely drawn from The Hunterian's unrivalled Mackintosh Collection: Mackintosh Travel Sketches; William Davidson: Art Collector; and C.R. Mackintosh: Begonias.

For more information visit the Hunterian Art Galllery website (opens in new window)

For further information contact Professor Pamela Robertson (Hunterian Senior Curator),Pamela.Robertson@glasgow.ac.uk OR Alex Pryce (AHRC), a.pryce@ahrc.ac.uk, 01793 41 6025

For images contact Harriet Gaston (Communications Manager), Harriet.Gaston@glasgow.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk
  • The Hunterian is one of the world's leading University museums and one of Scotland's greatest cultural assets. Built on Dr William Hunter's founding bequest, The Hunterian collections include scientific instruments used by James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin; outstanding Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall; major natural and life sciences holdings; Hunter's own extensive anatomical teaching collection; one of the world's greatest numismatic collections and impressive ethnographic objects from Captain Cook's Pacific voyages.
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