The MFAH unveils ‘Virtual Realities: The Art of M.C. Escher from the Michael S. Sachs Collection’

March 14, 2022

Opening in Houston, Texas now through September 5th, the MFAH (Museum of Fine Arts Houston) presents Virtual Realities: The Art of M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972) from the Michael S. Sachs Collection. This show is perfectly tuned to the times as our reality is increasingly blurred with the digital realm. Talk of the metaverse, screen time, and the hyper real are becoming tropes of this new digital age. What better way to understand this than a look at M.C. Escher's fascinating art.

The art of M.C. Escher was certainly ahead of its time. The works on display covers over 50 years including more than 400 prints, drawings, watercolors, printed fabrics, constructed objects, sketchbooks and the artist's tools.

"Considered a 'one-man art movement' Escher stayed outside of the art establishment but was heralded in the psychedelic era of the 60s and 70s for his mind bending works."

His perspective of perspective and multiple dimension are of particular interest. The MFAH notes:

"Space that evolves from two- to three- dimensions is also an important theme for the artist. In Reptiles (1943), a salamander escapes the paper it is drawn upon, then re-enters the sheet on the other side. In Hand with Reflecting Sphere (1935) and Magic Mirror (1946), the effect of the globe and mirror reflections creates two co existing worlds in time and place."

Explore a selection of the drawings that will be on display below, courtesy of the MFAH. Further information about the exhibition can be found here:

Virtual Realities: The Art of M.C. Escher from the Michael S. Sachs Collection
Upper Brown Pavilion, Caroline Wiess Law Building March 13 – September 5, 2022