M.C. Escher – The Mathemagician
February 1, 2013 – April 21, 2013
East Gallery (Level 3)
Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898 – 1972) is one of the world’s most famous and recognized artists. Images of his work are reproduced and appreciated by millions of people around the world, yet few have a sense of the depth and details of the artist’s career.
Escher’s fascination with the regular division of the plane can be traced to a visit to Alhambra, a fourteenth-century Moorish castle in Granada, Spain, in 1936, where he saw Islamic mosaics. In the exhibition are iconic images from this period, as well as some of his studies of the multiple variations made possible by the reflection, metamorphosis, and reduction or expansion of forms. Escher was fascinated with order, symmetry, and the geometric logic of mathematics, and he played with illusion, collapsed space, and created imaginary situations. M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician, includes examples of his “impossible architectures.”
The title of the exhibition, The Mathemagician, is a neologism combining two words that usually communicate oppositional ways of constructing meaning (mathematics and magic). This fusion of two different ways of seeing and understanding the world is intended to capture the essentially paradoxical nature of Escher’s work, with its polarities of order and chaos, reality and impossibility, perception and illusion, limit and infinity