Major M. C. Escher exhibition heads to London

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GemmaHart

2015-10-19 09:16:21

The first-ever UK retrospective exhibition of work by M. C. Escher is now open in London.

Having been organized and previously hosted by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the exhibition has now transferred to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, where it will run until early 2016.

The Dutch artist is best-known for his impossible staircases, distorted reflections and other surreal optical illusions, all created with the skill of a supreme draughtsman.

“There are two qualities one needs to become a great artist: imagination and technique, and Escher had both in spades," said Patrick Elliott, Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

"There aren’t many artists whose work makes your jaw drop, but he’s one of them. The odd thing isn’t that we are showing Escher’s work, it’s that few people thought of showing him before."

Visitors will find more than 100 of Escher's works on display, along with previously unseen archive material from the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands. Spanning the length if Escher's career, these works include original drawings, iconic and lesser known prints, lithographs and woodcuts.

"It is difficult to think of an artist with a broader appeal than M C Escher," added Ian A. C. Dejardin, Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery. "His images are so magical, and so incredibly clever, that he creates impossible images that feel utterly real, like the very best fantasy writers.

"Enjoying these impossible realities, it’s easy to overlook the astonishing skill that has gone into the drawing. This exhibition is a revelation; the artist defies categorisation, but Escher is a worthy addition to Dulwich’s wonderful series of exhibitions devoted to graphic artists."

‘The Amazing World of M. C. Escher’ runs until January 16, 2016.

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