Preview: Dulwich Picture Gallery Examines the Skill of M.C Escher in New Exhibition

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is bringing The Amazing World of M.C. Escher to London from next month, the first UK retrospective of the Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher.

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Bond of Union (1956). M.C. Escher. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. All M.C. Escher works copyright © The M.C. Escher Company B.V. -Baarn-theNetherlands. All rights reserved.

This new exhibition will offer visitors a rare opportunity to see the work of one of the twentieth century’s most memorable artists, best known for being a master at illusion and paradox.

Although he managed to create some of the most popular images in modern art, he operated outside the fringes of the art world. Some of the images that people tend to think of when they hear Escher’s name include hands drawing hands, impossible staircases and distorted self-portraits.

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Relativity (1953). M.C. Escher , Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. All M.C. Escher works copyright © The M.C. Escher Company B.V. -Baarn-the Netherlands. All rights reserved.

The exhibition will arrive in London, following its run at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. It will feature over 100 works by the artist as well as previously unseen archive material from the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands. All of the work will be displayed chronologically and will showcase Escher’s whole career.

The Wonderful World M.C. Escher has been organised by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. The Gallery’s senior curator, Patrick Elliot said: “There are two qualities one needs to become a great artist: imagination and technique, and Escher had both in spades. 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.”

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

The Wonderful World of M.C. Escher is at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from the 14th October to the 17th January 2016. Tickets are available to pre-book online or in person at the gallery. 

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