M.C. ESCHER (1898-1972)-FROM DRAWING TO MASTERPIECE
October 10th 2008-January 11th 2009


The founders of the Museum Herakleidon , Paul and Anna-Belinda Firos, in cooperation with the owner of one of the largest collections of archival material and works of M.C.Escher, organized and curated the exhibition Maurits Cornelis Escher From Drawing to Masterpiece

Due to the large number of works, the exhibition consists of 4 phases that focus on various aspects of the artist’s work:
• First Phase "Period of Discovery" ~ 10/10/08 - 11/01/09
• Second Phase "Italian Period" ~ 17/01/09 - 18/04/09
• Third Phase "Unknown Escher" ~ 25/04/09 - 02/08/09
• Fourth Phase "Escher in Color" ~ 22/08/09 - 15/11/09

The exhibition is the most analytic, comprehensive and extensive presentation of the artist ever to be held worldwide, giving the public the sense of being in his studio while preparing his masterpieces. The majority of the drawings, watercolors, and wooden blocks of M.C. Escher that is being exhibited will come to Greece thanks to the close collaboration of the Herakleidon Museum with the collection’s owner.

The exhibition opened with the "Period of Discovery", covering the artist’s work from 1937 until his death in 1972. There is a dual significance to «Discovery»: the personal discoveries that Escher made through his many studies (Regular Division of the Plane, Impossible Worlds, Optical Illusions, etc.) on the one hand, and the discovery of Escher and his work by the scientific community on the other.

The Museum has published a special edition catalogue in two languages (English/Greek) covering all four phases of the exhibition, with truly rare drawings and final prints.


Curators

Paul & Anna-Belinda Firos


Maurits Cornelis Escher
(1898 - 1972) Maurits Cornelis Escher was born on June 17th 1898, in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. He was raised in Arnhem and at an early age he showed his special talent for drawing. In 1919, Escher attended the Haarlem School of Architecture and Decorative Arts. He briefly studied architecture, but failed a number of subjects and switched to decorative arts. Here he studied under Samuel Jessurum de Mesquita, with whom he would remain friends for years. In 1922, Escher traveled through Italy and Spain. He was impressed by the Italian countryside and by the Alhambra, a fourteenth-century Moorish castle in Granada, Spain. He came back to Italy regularly in the following years. In was in Italy that he met Jetta Umiker, whom he married in 1924. The young couple settled down in Rome and stayed there until 1935, when the political climate under Mussolini became unbearable. The family next moved to Château-d'Œx, Switzerland where they remained for two years. Escher was decidedly unhappy in Switzerland, so in 1937, the family moved again, to Ukkel, a small town near Brussels, Belgium. World War II forced them to move again in January 1941, this time to Baarn, the Netherlands, where Escher lived until 1970. Escher moved to the Rosa Spier House for the elderly in Laren in 1970, where he died on March 27, 1972, at 73 years of age.



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