Marc Bell Presents M.C. Escher Exhibition at The Boca Raton Museum of Art 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 Boca Raton Museum of Art is pleased to announce the presentation of the most comprehensive collection ever shown in the world of Escher’s most rare and most familiar works in the new exhibition, Marc Bell Presents: The Magical World of M.C. Escher, debuting January 20, 2010.

Culled from the private inventory of long-time Escher collector, Rock J. Walker and the extensive private collection of Marc Bell, this special exhibition will feature 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 (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. Marc Bell Presents: 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.

  • 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
  • Palm prints accompanied by variants of original woodblocks
  • A specially constructed darkroom, showcasing vintage blacklight posters created from Escher’s work
  • A film about Escher’s life and art
  • A fully illustrated catalogue

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.  

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Marc Bell.