Friday 05 September 2014 - 00:00 to Sunday 09 November 2014 - 00:00
One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch’s Palace, Moscow

The Moscow Kremlin Museums present to the Russian public the art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) — an outstanding Scottish architect, painter and designer. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh became the most remarkable follower of modernist style in British architecture. His works had a serious impact on the development of European architecture and design in the 20th century.

Working on interiors decoration, Mackintosh tried to combine different arts, he created unique furniture, decoration items, stained-glass windows, textiles. He worked out a recognizable style, the hallmark of which is the famous «mackintosh» chair. Не was among the first artists to use stencils for creating recurring decorative motifs in elegant interiors. Mackintosh is also well-known as a gifted graphic artist, who made designs for posters, magazine covers, postcards, merchandise marks of Scottish firms.

Visitors will see designs of interiors, the best examples of artistic furniture, made for the most famous design projects of Mackintosh, lamps, stained glass, stencils, as well as watercolours and landscapes that show another aspect of talent of this brilliant Scottish artist.


Tickets are available at the Moscow Kremlin Museums box offices

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow tearooms.

Alison Brown, curator for European Decorative Art at Glasgow Museums after 1800
22nd October 2014. 16.00
Exhibition Hall, Patriarshy Palace

Between 1896 and 1917 Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed iconic furniture pieces and luxurious interior schemes for tearoom entrepreneur Miss Catherine Cranston. Her four artistic tearooms were located on the main shopping and business thoroughfares in the city centre of Glasgow. These were the most publicly accessible of all of Mackintosh’s design schemes for the tearooms were open to everyone, for tea, for lunch, for smoking and for billiards.

Over the course of 21 years Miss Cranston’s patronage gave Mackintosh great opportunity to experiment creatively. These tearooms reflect the stylistic course of his career: the earlier spaces are infused with Art Nouveau forms and a mysterious symbolism and mythology; his later allude to the Orient and to a premonition of Art Deco.

This illustrated lecture will look in detail at Mackintosh’s designs for these four extraordinary suites of tearoom interiors. It will also give an insight into the research, conservation and restoration work that has taken place over the years to those spaces that remain and those that have been disassembled and are now in Glasgow Museums’ collection.

Mackintosh in context to Glasgow and the Glasgow Style.

Alison Brown, curator for European Decorative Art at Glasgow Museums after 1800
24th October 2014. 18.00
Conference-hall, Moscow Kremlin Museums (Manezhnaya St 7)

The Glasgow Style is a collective title devised in 1979 to describe the new art design and decorative arts emerging from Glasgow between about 1890 and 1914. The Style includes work by teachers, students and graduates of the Glasgow School of Art and commercial designers and architects working in Glasgow. At the core of this Style is the work of The Four: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his future wife Margaret Macdonald, her younger sister Frances Macdonald and her future husband James Herbert McNair. This talk will define the key characteristics of The Glasgow Style, present work by some of its key practitioners and will provide context to this important period of Glasgow’s creativity at the time of image ‘Part Seen Imagined Part’.

Glasgow School of Art: a treasured past – an uncertain future? 

Peter Trowles, Glasgow School of Art, curator
3 November 2014. 18.00
Conference-hall, Moscow Kremlin Museums (Manezhnaya St 7)

Following the tragic fire of 23 May 2014, the Glasgow School of Art is faced with the monumental task of reconstructing parts of its world famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed building, including its celebrated library which was completely destroyed. The presentation will look at how this important building was first designed by Mackintosh and how, over time, the School has inevitably but subtly modified and adapted what was originally a late 19th century structure to meet the needs of a contemporary teaching institution. As a direct result of the fire, further changes and alterations are inevitable but the School’s key focus is for the building to remain a functional, working art school for the 21st century, and hopefully beyond, whilst recognising the architectural significance of the building and Mackintosh’s global appeal as a cultural icon. Whatever the School eventually does to the building as part of the forthcoming restoration programme, there will be many in the educational, architectural and heritage communities who will be watching with baited breath.

The Art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 

Roger Billcliffe, art historian, gallery owner, deputy chair of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society
5 November 2014. 16.00
Exhibition Hall, Patriarshy Palace

Charles Rennie Mackintosh saw architecture as the consummate art, encompassing all aspects of man’s artistic imagination. Drawing, as well as painting in watercolours, was at the heart of Mackintosh’s output – whether as a designer of furniture and metalwork, of textiles and wall decorations, or as a painter of flowers and landscape. In this lecture Roger Billcliffe will explore Mackintosh’s artistic output, from his early ’Spook School’ watercolours of the 1890s, his botanical illustrations, and his late flourish as a painter of the hills and towns of south-west France.


Alison Brown

Alison is a graduate of Norwich School of Art and the Universities of Edinburgh (History of Art) and Manchester (Postgraduate Diploma in Art Gallery and Museum Studies). She has worked for Glasgow Museums since 1993. Alison Brown is curator for European Decorative Art. She is responsible for decorative arts and design from 1800 including furniture and interiors, ceramics, glass, stained glass and design education, with particular focus on the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow Style and decorative art and design c.1860-1920.

Peter Trowles

After completing a Masters’ Degree in Museum Studies at the University of St Andrews, Peter has spent the past 20 years promoting and preserving the School’s Mackintosh Building and its important museum collections, both at home and abroad. He has curated exhibitions in the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan. Peter’s areas of expertise include: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style; сovering fine art, design and architecture; European Art Nouveau; the management of cultural heritage.

Roger Billcliffe

Roger Billcliffe opened his eponymous gallery in central Glasgow in 1992 acquiring his premises from the Fine Art Society where he had been a Director since 1979, responsible for the Society’s two Scottish galleries in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Prior to that he was in charge of the art collections at the University of Glasgow, from 1969-77 and was also Keeper of Fine Art at Glasgow Art Gallery from 1977-79. The gallery specialises in exhibiting the best of Scottish contemporary and 20th century painting and also displays a wide range of applied arts, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, silver and glass. Billcliffe represents many of Scotland’s premiere painters including Mary Armour, David Donaldson, John Bellany, Duncan Shanks and others as well as supporting younger artists such as Geoff Uglow, Chris Bushe, Sandy Murphy and others. As well, Roger Billcliffe is an acknowledged expert on the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.