escher's journey from 28 april 2018
In 2018 one of the Museum of Friesland’s long-cherished dreams will finally be realised. M.C. Escher is perhaps Leeuwarden’ most famous resident, a fact unknown to a large number of Escher fans and residents of Friesland. He was born in 1898 in the city palace on the Grote Kerkstraat, the building that now houses the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics. The Museum of Friesland is organising a major exhibition about M.C. Escher for 2018, the year that Leeuwarden-Fryslân is the Cultural Capital of Europe.
Left: M.C. Escher’s “Cycle” (1938). Right: M.C. Escher’s “Waterfall” (1961) © the M.C. Escher Company B.V. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Click to see the full picture.
In the exhibition visitors accompany Escher on his physical and intellectual journeys. His unique development is mapped out with approximately eighty early and late original prints. We show how travelling and his stays in Spain and Italy influenced his artistry. Visitors meet Escher the person, and walk in his footsteps. The exhibition is designed as a three-dimensional biography: it truly feels as if you enter into Escher’s headspace.
Left: M.C. Escher’s “Castrovalva” (1930). Right: M.C. Escher’s “Self-Portrait” (1929) the M.C. Escher Company B.V. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Click to see the full picture.
In 2018, the city of Leeuwarden will be transformed into an Escher wonderland. In addition to a major exhibition of his work, from 26 January 2018 the Museum of Friesland will present the exhibition Phantom Limb: Art beyond Escher, with impressive installations by contemporary national and international artists. These installations mislead viewers and take them into a world where nothing is what it seems. The objective observation of reality is called into question, much as Escher did with his work. In addition, under the rubric Planet Escher the Museum is organising projects in the province throughout the year, bringing together various groups within the community, with Escher as a binding factor.
Above: M.C. Escher’s “Day and Night” (1938) © the M.C. Escher Company B.V. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Click to see the full picture.
All M.C. Escher works © the M.C. Escher Company – Baarn-the Netherlands
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The exhibition Eschers journey is part of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018 and is supported by: