Museum of Science Presents Inside the Mind of M.C. Escher

June 21, 2010

BOSTON, June 16, 2010—This summer, step inside the distinct and imaginative mind of M.C. Escher, a Dutch-born artist whose images provide an opportunity to see the connections between art and math and bring mathematical concepts to life in a way that formulae and equations cannot.

On Saturday, June 19, the Museum of Science, Boston will open Inside the Mind of M.C. Escher, an exhibit of sixteen high-quality Escher reprints. Ten percent larger than Escher's jewel-like originals, these reproductions maintain the impact of Escher's carefully drafted alternative worlds while allowing visitors to examine them in greater detail. The collection of mind-bending artwork incorporates the mathematical concepts of symmetry, plane geometry, and spherical and hyperbolic geometry.

Within the gallery, hands-on activities invite visitors to explore some of the optical phenomena that fascinated Escher, such as tessellations and sphere reflections. Visitors may investigate Escher's 1935 "Hand with Reflecting Sphere," and will then have the opportunity to try the artwork themselves.

Inside the Mind of M.C. Escher will be located in the Museum's Blue Wing, Level 2, and will present the following sixteen distinct prints:

1. Castrovalva(530 x 421mm)

2. Hand with Reflecting Sphere (318 x 213mm)

3. Sky and Water I (435 x 439mm)

4. Reptiles (334 x 385mm)

5. Other World (318 x 261mm)

6. Up and Down (503 x 205mm)

7. Relativity (277 x 292mm)

8. Three Worlds (362 x 247mm)

9. Bond of Union (253 x 339mm)

10. Ascending and Descending (355 x 285mm)

11. Waterfall (380 x 300mm)

12. Two Birds (228 x 243mm)

13. Bird/Fish (228 x 243mm)

14. Lizard (220 x 207mm)

15. Horseman (213 x 214mm)

16. Twelve Birds (267 x 206mm)

Admission to Inside the Mind of M.C. Escher is included with regular Exhibit Halls admission: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (60+), and $17 for children (3-11). For more information, the public can call 617/723-2500, (TTY) 617/589-0417, or visit mos.org.

About the Museum of Science:

The Museum takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering and technology, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year via its programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a multi-museum, $20 million National Science Foundation-funded nanotechnology education initiative. The Museum's Science Is an Activity exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy® aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. The Museum is ranked #3 by Parents Magazine in its list of the country's Ten Best Science Centers." For more information visit mos.org.

Press Contacts

Sofiya Cabalquinto: 617.589.0251 or scabalquinto@mos.org Lauren Crowne: 617.589.0250 or lcrowne@mos.org