Escher at the Museu Marítim de Barcelona

Escher exhibition from 29 April to 16 September 2021 at the Museu Marítim de Barcelona. 2021 at the Museu Marítim de Barcelona.

The exhibition presents the works of Maurits Cornelis Escher, one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. M.C. Escher (17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972) was a Dutch artist known for his woodcuts, mezzotint prints, and drawings consisting of impossible figures, tessellations, and imaginary worlds.


This exhibition features more than 200 original artworks, It offers a retrospective of the artist’s enigmatic sketches and paradoxical designs, beginning with his early engravings and realistic drawings inspired by nature and the Italian landscape.

“Tessellation is the richest source of inspiration I have ever drunk from, and it hasn’t dried up yet, far from it”.

M.C. Echer

The exhibition further explores M.C Escher’s work around tessellation and the transformation of figures illustrating how metamorphosis became a unique element of his art, combining fantasy and geometry.

The crucial turning point in M.C. Escher’s artistic development was his second trip to southern Spain in 1936. There he visited famous Moorish architectural monuments such as the Alhambra in Granada and the Mosque of Cordova. It is here that he was influenced by the designs of the 14th-century craftsmen, he became fascinated by the geometric decoration in which triangles, stars, or squares are repeated like tesserae to cover a plane, leaving no gaps.


Metamorphosis M.C. Escher created a world in which there are whirlpools of transformations based on different types of tessellations and in which abstract forms mutate into concrete forms. A world in which birds can gradually transform into fish. At times, the transformations lead to the opposite, yet complementary elements, such as day and night or good and evil.

Limit Circle IV (Paradise and Hell) 1960 Xylography

““For me, it is still not at all clear whether the play of black and white figures… belongs to the realm of mathematics or to art.” ” 


In the development of his mathematical his mathematical research, Escher created inexhaustible images executed with incredible attention to detail and precision, with the depiction of infinity in his most famous works.

M.C. Escher’s knowledge of mathematics was largely visual and intuitive. largely visual and intuitive. His compositions explored errors of perspective through structures that, at first glance, seemed perfectly plausible but, on closer study, proved impossible to create.

Today, the international scientific community praises M.C. Escher’s work as a symbol of the work of M.C. Escher as a symbol of the interrelationship between art and science. Although his knowledge of mathematics was mainly visual and intuitive.

The final room examines Escher’s influence on graphic works and subsequent art within graphic works and subsequent art within contemporary popular culture, including film, fashion, and advertising.

Interactive spaces

The exhibition features three-dimensional installations where visitors are encouraged to participate; in others, it is possible to take selfies with which to recreate Escher’s works in a personal way, with their challenging perspectives.


The ticket price varies from 10 to 13 euros (with free tickets for children under 9 years old and other groups).


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