The Palacio de Gaviria in Madrid reopens after a radical transformation to host an exhibition on Maurits Cornelius Escher. The building, which has until now been used as one of the capital city’s most popular nightclubs, has been adapted by the Italian Arthemisia group to become a new reference point for cultural affairs.
The exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective on the Swiss artist’s work, known for his ability to bring together nature, science, mathematics and optical illusions into beautiful wood and metal engravings.
February 2 – June 25, 2017
Palacio de Gaviria
Calle Arenal, 9 Madrid
Escher, the unique Swiss artists whose motto was “astonishment is the salt of the earth”, has widened the creativity and imagination of those who have witnessed -and continue to see and study- his work, in which everything is connected: science, nature, analytical accuracy and thoughtful contemplation.
Inspired and influenced by the art of his own time and from the past, Escher gives a visionary look to geometric research – the world of numbers, mathematics and geometry is one of the keys to reading his works, but not the only one.
The present exhibition aims to help understand the creative universe of this artist that did not hesitate to resort to the most diverse languages, bringing them together in a unique and intriguing artistic journey in which its genuine originality is still the key element to highlight it in the general panorama of art history.
The art of Escher, after forty years of its creator’s passing, is still contemporary and compatible with new technologies.
THE PALACE OF GAVIRIA
The exhibition installation has been taken care of by the Italian group Arthemisia, which returns for the second time in Madrid. In this occasion, the have temporarily turned the Palacio de Gaviria (located on Arenal, 9) into an exhibition gallery; creating a new exhibition and cultural space in the heart of Madrid.
Until now, the Gaviria Palace had been used as one of the most popular nightclubs in the Spanish capital city, marking it as a reference meeting point for a whole generation. The Palace itself was built in mid-nineteenth century, designed by architect Aníbal Álvarez under the orders of the marquis Manuel de Gaviria y Douza, a member of the nineteenth-century Madrid bourgeoisie.
The palace responds to an Italian style at the time, inspired by the Roman Palazzo Farnese, which was very fashionable at the time. The building is organized around two patios with a great marble balaustrade and staircase which is still visible today.
TEXT BY THE MARK VELDHUYSEN, EXHIBITION CURATOR
“This exhibition speaks of technique, beauty, illusions and dreams. All of them created by one of the most famous graphic artists in the world. In this exhibition you will find woodcuts, lithographs, etchings and wood engravings. In Escher’s day there were no computers, and everything you see is handmade.
Through these creations you will discover a whole life of passion and love for carving and engraving.”