Maurits Escher's paradoxes - at an exhibition in Moscow

One of the main suppliers of ideas for graphic design, nowadays often "appearing" in advertising, cinema, and even home decor - Maurits Cornelius Escher in the "original" and all the richness of graphic works is presented in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Well, until February 9 you should have time to get into another dimension!

In Escher's Labyrinth

In the main building of MMOMA on Petrovka 25 - a real rush: more than 3,500 visitors only for the first weekend of the exhibition! Another thing: the exhibition of the Dutch master of paradoxes and illusions in Russia was previously held only in the Hermitage, and here - more than 120 prints made by Master Escher. Came even ladies with babies who watch the reaction of the babies, and themselves are in the delight of children at the sight of familiar and unfamiliar images.

The exposition in MMOMA presents the dynamics of Escher's creativity, ranging from the early “Italian” period, through the “Spanish” (Moorish mosaics of the Alhambra castle had a great influence on him!) And to the “mathematical” (get acquainted: his friend is a mathematician Harold Coxeter), but with deception view and paradoxes.

Interesting MMOMAmatics

The curator of the exhibition, Alexei Tolstoy, draws attention to the iconic painting Day and Night (1938), which is a “turning point” in Escher’s work, showing the beginning of his paradoxical mathematical journey. He was so seriously fascinated by them that he even anticipated the “official” mathematical declaration of fractals, where small “mosaic” figures form a similar large, rushing and repeating endlessly. Cyclic Limit III (1959) is another illustration of a mathematical idea.
The Maurits Cornelis Escher exhibition (1898−1972) is perhaps the most significant art event of the year ended the Netherlands in Russia. In the Moscow Museum until mid-February, you can also see other interesting exhibits: archival photographs, films from the M. Escher Foundation in the Netherlands (M.C. Escher Foundation), and the first printed work - the book "St. Francis" (1922).

Where have I seen it?
The film "Labyrinth" with cult rock musician David Bowie - well, just "Escher" world, and the villain's castle - well, exactly the picture "Relativity"! Interestingly, Escher himself, who found the era of rock music, was cool towards her, and wrote to his son that the popular “Beatles” carried the “new chaos” to the world.