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M. C. Escher in the News                               2010
New Yorker

M. C. Escher is timeless, timely, on the newstands
and coming soon to
The New Britain Museum of American Art


"This will be with regard to quality; the finest Escher collection exhibited in the world. Most works come directly from the estate of M.C. Escher." Nicholas Kondoprias, Managing Director of Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece


From July 16 through Nov. 14, 2010, the New Britain Museum of American Art proudly presents M.C. Escher: Impossible Reality. One hundred and thirty works of this artist of worldwide fame will be on view including seminal and instantly recognizable pieces such as Ascending and Descending, Drawing Hands, and the extremely rare lithograph stone for the making of Flat Worms. The exhibition will be organized into multiple sections among them Impossible Worlds, Infinity, Metamorphosis and Tesselation.


Maurits Cornelius Escher (1898-1972) has earned worldwide acclaim as a master printmaker, draftsman, book illustrator, and muralist. Though never having studied extensively in mathematics, the mind-bending techniques and impossible realities depicted in M.C. Escher's works prove him a brilliant mathematician. Much of Escher's work is intuitive; without focusing on labels, Escher created what came to him instinctually.


M.C. Escher: Impossible Reality features the artist's woodcuts, lithographs, sculptures, as well as rare preparatory drawings for an in-depth view of not only the finished product of Escher's iconic works, but also each of the mediums he entertained and his varying creative processes for each.


A robust schedule of related programming is being planned, which includes a symposium, lectures, film, and music. Studio classes will also focus on Escher and the Museum Shop will showcase Escher merchandise. For details go to


M.C. Escher: Impossible Reality is presented with the generous support of Melinda and Paul Sullivan Foundation for the Decorative Arts and in cooperation with the Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece, The exhibition will travel from New Britain to the Akron Museum of Art, Akron, Ohio.

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