A year-long, whirlwind of events will sweep through the city of Glasgow, revealing the work of this timeless genius. The cultural pilgrimage gets under way with a major exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. A visit to this retrospective will show you how the artist's work helped create the Scottish Art Nouveau movement.
Visitors will be wowed by over 250 items being showcased in the exhibition. The ghost of the architect still watches over the Glasgow School of Art. In October 2018, this building, icon of Mackintosh's Glasgow Style (an artistic movement developed in Scotland in the late 1800s/early 1900s), will host another exhibition showing the influence of the maestro on modern designers. Throughout the summer, art students will take visitors on a guided tour of the city's architectural gems.
In the footsteps of an iconic artist
At tea time, take a seat in the Willow Tea Rooms, designed by Glasgow's favorite son. Make a date for a cuppa from June 7, 2018 when this comfortable venue with its original and preserved decor reopens its doors. Then head over to the University campus and pay a visit to The Hunterian art gallery with its star attraction, the Mackintosh House, a meticulous reconstruction of the home of the architect and his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh.
A bit further out is the Mackintosh Queen's Cross Church (designed by the man himself) which will exhibit a collection of drawings inspired by his travels in Italy. While you're there, you might be lucky enough to fall on a classical concert or dance show.
Then slip into the hushed retreat of the Glasgow Art Club with its breathtaking decor. This very British club house has a restored stenciled frieze painted by Mackintosh on the walls of its gallery.
Surprising and varied architecture
Glasgow owes its reputation as the British capital of architecture and design to its historic character, but its heritage also has plenty of other hidden gems in store. Behind the brewery on Wishart Street, at the top of a wooded hill, lies a very unusual place – the Necropolis. A distant cousin of the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, this city of the dead offers spectacular views over the city of the living. Stroll among its towering monuments with their original stonework motifs, erected in honor of rich 19th-century merchants. This peaceful oasis has been described as the perfect representation of Victorian architecture in Glasgow.
Scotland's largest city also knows how to move with the times. If you need any convincing, just pop over to the site of its former shipyards. You can't miss the monumental Riverside Museum, a zig-zagging zinc-titanium structure, representing a wave from the city to the waterfront, designed by another great architect, Zaha Hadid. This free museum retraces the fascinating history of transport in Scotland. So, don't miss this must-see Glasgow attraction!
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