From October 13th 2017 to January 28th 2018, BLUE | Art and Culture Palace hosts the exhibition "Escher. Beyond the possible ", created by MondoMostre and Fondazione Palazzo Blu, with the contribution of Fondazione Pisa and the collaboration of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Arthemisia and M.C. Escher Foundation, curated by Professor Stefano Zuffi, art historian and great connoisseur of M.C. Escher.
The exhibition will present a full review of all the hypnotic, astonishing and overwhelming masterpieces of the great Dutch, with the help of some curious exhibition solutions designed by the architect Cesare Mari and thanks to the use of technologies and multimedia, one of the characteristics of organized exhibitions at Palazzo Blu. Along with the fascinating fascination of Escher's world, the exhibition is an opportunity to retrace the stages of the creativity of the artist, focusing particularly on the long and decisive stays in Italy, between natural scenarios and artistic memories that marked in deep way his style.
The young Escher studied in Delft and Haarlem, a historic art city in Holland: his master is a Sephardic Jewish engraver, Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, who will meet a sad destiny in Auschwitz. On his advice, Escher begins to appreciate the mathematical-rational art of Jewish and Islamic tradition, comparing it with the movements of the European avant-garde. During the 1920s and 1930s, he traveled numerous trips to Italy, particularly visiting several cities in Tuscany. Organizing an exhibition of Escher in Pisa, whose University has for centuries been an international reference point in mathematical and scientific research, is therefore also an opportunity to question the possible sources of inspiration for his creativity.
While remaining a long-standing landscape interpreter, Escher explores more and more the horizons of visual illusion, through geometric compositions, or creating "impossible" architectures.
Along with an extraordinary selection of over a hundred works by Escher, visitors will find some testimonies of the previous centuries, largely coming from Pisa itself: marble fragments with decorations in cosmatic style, wooden tarsies with geometric solid representations, G.B. Piranesi with fantastic architectures and suggestive perspectives.
The exhibition is divided into nine sections: faces, animals, objects and reflections, geometries and rhythms, landscapes, artist, fantastic architectures, nature, self-portraits.