Wrap your head around these fascinating, albeit dizzying, array of art pieces from M.C. Escher.
Explore infinity, symmetry, and impossibility this spring at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. MFAH has debuted the “largest and most comprehensive exhibition of works” ever of renowned mathematical artist, M.C. Escher, for their coming Virtual Realities exposition.
While many artists might shun mathematics, Dutch graphic artist, M.C. Escher explored it, as well as science and nature, in detail to compose his elaborate, mind-bending pieces. Though his understanding of mathematics and geometry was largely intuitive, Escher’s work revolved around such concept when creating extraordinary impossible realities using lithographs, wood prints, and other mediums.
As MFAH writes: “M.C. Escher, was born in the Netherlands and is known internationally for his self-described ‘mental images,’ which connect to mathematics and various branches of science. Considered a ‘one-man art movement,’ he remained outside of the art establishment. Escher was heralded in the psychedelic era of the 1960s and 1970s and is treasured today for his mind-bending works.”
“Escher’s imagery evolved from realistic observations of the world to inventions from his imagination that explore the relationships between art and science, order and disorder, and logic and irrationality. Interactive auxiliary rooms, where visitors may play with optical illusions, accompany the exhibition.”
From March 13 to September 5, you can get into the mind of M.C. at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Virtual Realities exhibition.
“Virtual Realities features more than 400 prints, drawings, watercolors, printed fabrics, constructed objects, wood and linoleum blocks, lithographic stones, sketchbooks, and the artist’s working tools,” the museum writes on its website.
The exhibition features works from the collection of Michael S. Sachs, the owner of 90 percent of Escher’s estate, that includes art pieces spanning Escher’s entire career. Virtual Realities will be exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts from March 13 to September 5.