"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,
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
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 nbmaa.org.
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, www.herakleidon.com. The exhibition will
travel from New Britain to the Akron Museum of Art, Akron, Ohio.