“Enigma Escher” – exhaustive retrospective exhibition in Reggio Emilia traces the mathematical lines of the Dutch graphic artist’s life, and of his love of the Italian landscape


“L’ENIGMA ESCHER- PARADOSSI GRAFICI TRA ARTE E GEOMETRIA” is the title of a major retrospective exhibition of the work of M.C. Escher, which starts tomorrow in Reggio Emilia.

The exhibition presents the work of the Dutch graphic artist from his debut on the scene to his later years, bringing together 130 works on loan from museums, libraries and national institutes – among which the Galleria d’Arte Moderna of Rome, and the Fondazione Wolfsoniana of Genova – as well as from some important, private collections.

Lithographs and etchings – which lean towards the constructions of impossible worlds, and explorations of the infinite, and focus on the transformation of the basic elements of perception into slow-changing geometric relationships in untamed spaces (sound Italian enough?) – are on view at the Palazzo Magnani in Ravenna, until February, 2014.

Among some of the first works on display are “Ex Libris,” from 1922, and “Scarabs,” from 1935 and some of the suggestive graphic works inspired by the Italian landscape, like “Tropea, San Severina, from 1931, and “metamorphosis II,” from 1940.

Alongside the more famous etchings – such as “Three Spheres,” from 1945, “Drawing Hands,” from 1948, and his “Moebius Strip,” from 1963, the exhibition will feature numerous drawings, documents, films of, and interviews with, the artist.

A part of the show will be dedicated to the output of Escher as it relates to the works of other important authors; and to contextualizing his unique, and multifaceted awareness – which has its roots in the Middle Ages, crosses Dürer, strolls through Piranesi, re-invents itself in the sumptuous lines of the Viennese Secession, and ultimately deconstructs itself in the Cubist, Futurist and Surrealist Avant Gardes.

Visit the exhibition website, linked here, for more information on lectures and guided tours.






From the 19th of October, 2013 to the 23rd of February, 2014
Palazzo Magnani
Reggio Emilia
Hours: Tues – Thurs: 10am to 1pm and from 3pm to 7pm.
Fri, Sat and holidays: from 10am to 7pm.
Ticket price: 9 euros (Reduced admission: 7 euros. Students: 4 euros)

All M.C. Escher works are copyrighted by Cordon Art B.V., Baarn, the Netherlands, All Rights Reserved.


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