Wednesday 29th, May 2013 / 18:19


Partnering up with the the National Gallery of Canada and Art Gallery of Alberta, the Glenbow Museum is now exhibiting 53 pieces of Maurits Cornelis Escher’s art. “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, or of the incredible intricacies found in the original artworks when they are viewed in person,” Glenbow announces.

Escher3Escher was a Dutch graphic artist who worked with woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints. He is famous for the mind-boggling optical illusionary surrealist images with which many were obsessed as kids — and continue to be mesmerized as adults. For decades, these images have fooled the eyes, creating perplexity and general confusion as to what reality is and isn’t, and if gravity should really be all that important (especially in works like Relativity [1953]).

Escher began with a genuine interest in the physical landscape while he lived in Rome, Italy for 12 years, and moved on to explore infinite and impossible constructions based on very mathematical properties. Although it was known that he had very little training in mathematics, his strong understanding of it was visually-based and intensely intuitive.

Escher’s work is so complex yet so simple that we are generally left confused as to how the final product was obtained. Optical illusions were fun to play with as kids and Escher’s work has often been admired and studied by mathematicians and scientists. Now, the public will get to have a glimpse of the truth behind his mastery and see it all unfold, from his earlier experimental work to his more famous pieces.

M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician runs at the Glenbow Museum from May 25 to August 18.

By Claire Miglionico

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