M.C. Escher “Illusion and Reality”

Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany
December 6, 2009 - March 14, 2010
December 6, 2009 - March 14, 2010

The Osthaus Museum in Hagen Germany presents 130 works (woodcuts, lithographs, Mezzotints) from just under 50 years, from 1921 to 1969.

With his virtuosic vocabulary of optical illusion, refined reflections and spatial nesting, M.C. Escher builds up a coherent visual world of imagination and inconsistency. Be it through perspective overlays, experiments with infinity, the alternation of above and below or the representation of positive and negative, his creations continue to fascinate art lovers of all ages.
The visual impressions generated by Escher’s work are not only based on mathematical logic, but also on its entertainment value, because in many of its graphics, the artist presents puzzles which are immediately solved by the attentive observers: How can a plane surface give the impression of depth or height? How can something be inside and outside or convex and concave at the same time?

This exhibition was made possible in cooperation with the Herakleidon Museum, Athens, from which we receive all works for the duration of 14 weeks.

The Collection