The genius of Dutch surrealism, Maurits Cornelis Escher (The Netherlands, 1898 - 1972), is the protagonist of this exhibition that has enjoyed great international acceptance. In it you can admire 200 works that have influenced scientists and the imagination of designers, as well as in the world of art, all within the framework of one of the architectural treasures of the center of Madrid, which opens its doors after several years closed: the Gaviria Palace.
The exhibition includes some of the masterpieces of this great artist, such as Hand with reflective sphere, Relativity (or House of Stairs), and Belvedere. This selection of pieces allows to deepen in the trajectory of Escher, in which it emphasizes like engraver, intellectual and mathematical, whose works have marked the collective culture during decades. The exhibition also has scientific experiments, play areas and educational resources that help visitors of all ages understand their impossible perspectives, their baffling images and the seemingly irreconcilable universes that unite in it to form a single artistic dimension.
The exhibition, produced and organized by the Italian group Arthemisia, also makes it possible to reopen Gaviria Palace, one of the emblematic sites of the capital, located in the center of the city, in Arenal Street. The work of the architect Aníbal Álvarez Bouquel, was built between 1846 and 1847 by the banker Manuel Gaviria y Douza, Marquis de Gaviria, according to the luxurious model of the Italian Renaissance palaces. Its balustrade staircase and the frescoes by Joaquín Espalter and Rull are some of the most spectacular elements that characterize the palace and of which the public can enjoy again from February.
Escher, which is one of the essential events of Madrid's cultural agenda for 2017, can be visited until June. So far the itinerant exhibition has been exhibited in Bologna, Rome and Treviso, among other cities. Its most recent venue was the Palazzo Reale in Milan, where it has received more than 200,000 visitors.
Where: Gaviria Palace. Click here to see location
When: Until June, 25
Schedule: From Sunday - Thursday: 10AM-8PM / Friday - Saturday: 10AM-9PM
Closest Subway Station: Sol (Lines 1, 2 and 3), Opera (Lines 2, 5 and R)
Ticket Price: 12€