M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician

25 May 2013 - 18 Aug 2013

The Glenbow Museum, AB

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. This exhibition features 54 works selected from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, and includes prints that represent the different themes and areas of study that fascinated this extraordinary artist. The selection traces Escher’s work from his earliest prints, works such as Eight Heads (1922), the first work that shows the artist’s experimentations with the regular division of a planar surface, which was produced during the artist’s enrolment at the School of Architecture and Ornamental Design in Haarlem, Netherlands. The exhibition also includes examples of Escher’s experiments with different printmaking techniques,from the introduction of lithography to his work in 1929 seen in works such as The Bridge (1930) and Tropea Calabria (1931), to one of the artist’s few mezzotints,Mummified Frog of 1946. Finally, the exhibition includes examples of Escher’s plays with impossible architectures: Relativity (1953); Belvedere (1958) and Waterfall (1961).