M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972) -  "Rippled Surface", 1950. Print linoleum cut. 10 1/4 x 12 5/8 inches. Courtesy of The Walker Collection. The M.C. Escher Company, Baarn, the Netherlands. All Rights Reserved. M. C. Escher ® is a Registered Trademark.

BOCA RATON, FL.-  The Boca Raton Museum of Art announces the presentation of the most comprehensive collection of Escher’s most rare and important works in the new exhibition, "The Magical World of M.C. Escher", debuting January 20, 2010. Culled from the private inventory of long-time Escher collector, Rock J. Walker, this special exhibition will feature a mix of woodcuts along with original blocks and exceptionally rare preparatory drawings, sculpture, object d’art, correspondence and documents and original furnishings from his studio.

M.C. Escher - "Hand with Reflecting Sphere", 1935. Lithograph. 12 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches. Courtesy of The Walker Collection. © The M.C. Escher Company, Baarn, the Netherlands. All Rights Reserved. M. C. Escher ® is a Registered Trademark.M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972) was a graphic artist who excelled at creating visual puzzles that explored impossible worlds, refined architectural vistas and fascinating tessellations. This draftsman specialized in woodcuts and lithographs, although he also worked with mezzotint and watercolor. "The Magical World of M.C. Escher" will include examples of each of the mediums for which Escher was known. The show also will highlight the various phases of Escher’s work, demonstrating the artist’s range beyond the “endless stairways” and visionary constructions for which he is so well-known.

"The Magical World of M.C. Escher" will take Museum guests on an exciting educational journey through the creative mind of one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. Among the hundreds of pieces included in the show, visitors will have an opportunity to see, for the first time, the preliminary working drawings for some of the most iconic Escher pieces, such as "Drawing Hands", "Three Worlds", "Other World" and "Fish and Scales". Also included in this state-of-the-art exhibition:

  • Exhibited for the first time, two additional sections that complete the transformation from "Metamorphosis II" to "Metamorphosis III"
  • The pastel drawing of his famous lithograph, "Between St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel"
  • Six lithographs of Escher’s "Views of Calabria, Italy" accompanied by maps and photographs
  • Preparatory drawing and actual stamp of "Casas Colgadas", bank notes, puzzles and a rare watercolor study for the ceramic plate that features a unique indoor/outdoor scene of Escher’s studio with his self-portrait
  • The proof and colored woodcut for "Sphere Surface with Fish"
  • A film about Escher’s life and art and a fully illustrated catalogue

His complex puzzles appear on coffee mugs, calendars and neckties, yet M.C. Escher never strove for – nor would he necessarily have welcomed - the commercial success his fascinating works have achieved. A prolific creator who infused his works with scientific and mathematical precision while maintaining an astonishing level of aesthetic integrity, Escher was truly an artist apart.

The elements of science and math that are inherent in Escher’s work provide a curriculum resource for complimentary educational programming at the Museum. The Museum’s Education Department, utilizing Florida’s Sunshine State Standards, has developed lesson plans to explore geometry and symmetry as well as other mathematical and scientific observations contained in Escher’s work. In addition, various Escher related educational programs are planned to run concurrently with the exhibition. Visit : http://www.bocamuseum.org/

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