The word “genius” is often abused when speaking of illustrious, artistic, or visionary individuals. But not in the case of the Dutch engraver and graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (Leeuwarden, 17th June 1898 – Laren, 27th March 1972), who is capable of turning exhibitions into events in themselves.
In fact, his work has been exhibited over the last few years in Rome, Bologna and Treviso, drawing more than 580,000 visitors and ranking among the most popular exhibitions with a strong international following. The next exhibition, scheduled from 24th June 2016 to 22nd January 2017 at the Royal Palace of Milan, will be yet another success (more info here).
Although he passed away over 40 years ago, Escher has managed to influence the world of art, publishing, fashion, graphic design, decorative products, comics, advertising and cinema. His incredible and visionary images, so imbued with order and disorder, mathematics and impossible perspectives, reality and invention, have left their mark on disciplines which are so distant from one another and have opened the way for developments which only the advent of computer graphics seemed capable of making possible. They must be seen to be believed.