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CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH in Roussillon
Charles Rennie Mackintosh - Interpretation Centres

The story of the Mackintoshs' discovery of the local culture and heritage of different parts of the Pyrénées Orientales is told in three episodes at three separate Interpretation Centres in the Roussilon area.

Episode 1:
Palalda

'The Arrival in France and the life before'

Episode 2:
Port Vendres

'Life on the Côte Vermeille'

Episode 3:
Belesta

'Life in the Hinterland'

Episode 1: Palalda'The Arrival in France and the life before'

The magnificent reredos in the church trace the life of St Martin.

"Carved and gilded wood - wood that is not carved but cut showing every mark of the tool, not gilded but clothed in gold leaf (thick) – the first brought from America to Spain. Very rococo but very beautiful."
[C.R.M]

At Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda, the Mackintosh Interpretation Centre is part of the museum complex in the château of Palalda. 

A combination of architectural drawings, paintings, models, stained glass, ironwork, textiles, videos and period photographs, tells the story of the Mackintosh's life and career before coming to France and of their first months in Roussillon.

The Palalda museum incorporates the the old church of Saint Martin. Consecrated in 933 it was the castle chapel.

Palalda opening times

For opening times please call the Museum
Tel: 04 68 39 34 90
or the Tourist office in Amélie les Bains
Tel: 04 68 39 01 98

   

More information at www.amelie-les-bains.com


Episode 2: Port Vendres – 'Life on the Côte Vermeille'

More information at

www.port-vendres.com/uk
www.collioure.com
Cote Vermeille

The exhibition in Port Vendres tells of the Mackintoshes on the coast – their first summer in Collioure and the winters of 1925 and 1926 in Port Vendres.

The centre is in the garden of the Dôme and includes archival videos from the 1920's, supplemented by still photographs from the period and a display of reproductions of Mackintosh watercolours.

   

Port Vendres opening times

Open from 16th February to 15th November
For opening times ask the Tourist Office:
Tel: 04 68 68 07 54

Entry Charge - 2€


Episode 3: Belesta 'Life in the Hinterland'

The third and final centre is in the château-musée at Belesta

The third and final centre is in the château-musée at Belesta, near Ille-sur-Tet. Housed on the ground floor, this is the biggest of the three exhibitions. The rest of the building is devoted to life 6500 years ago based on the discoveries in the Belesta cave which can be visited with a guide by prior arrangement.

Room 1 is about Mackintosh's life as an architect before his arrival in France.

Room 1 is about Mackintosh's life as an architect before his arrival in France. A French and English language version of a 9 minute film run alternately.

It also contains pictures of some of his architecture, including some of his unbuilt designs. and a display of some of his textile designs.

Room 2 focuses on Mackintosh as a designer with examples of furniture, glass, and ironwork.

Room 2 focuses on Mackintosh as a designer with examples of furniture, glass, and ironwork.

In Roussillon he greatly appreciated the rich local tradition in wrought iron.

Room 3 is Mackintosh the artist and the summers of 1925, 1926 and 1927 at Mont Louis, and the winter of 1924 spent at the Hôtel du Midi in Ille-sur-Tet.

Room 3 is Mackintosh the artist and the summers of 1925, 1926 and 1927 at Mont Louis, and the winter of 1924 spent at the Hôtel du Midi in Ille-sur-Tet.

The proprietor came from Belesta and so did the wine which he so greatly appreciated.

It is fairly certain that he came here on a visit and a sketch may have been the inspiration for his painting A Hill Town in Southern France.

The final section explores some of the influences on Mackintosh and some of Mackintosh's influences on others.

The final section explores some of the influences on Mackintosh and some of Mackintosh's influences on others.

In a final corner is a collection of items from the Willow Tearooms in Glasgow. (See photo on right).

Belesta Château-Musée opening times:

High Season:

Open mid-May to mid-Sept 14h-19h.

Low season:

Open 14h-17.30 except Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Telephone: 04 68 84 55 55
or
Fax: 04 68 84 51 06
or
Email: musee.belesta@gmail.com

More information about Belesta:

In a final corner is a collection of items from the Willow Tearooms in Glasgow.