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TOKYO

“Exhibition: M. C. Escher”

BUNKAMURA BOX GALLERY

by Yuhei Wada

Staff Writer

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972), more commonly known as M.C. Escher, is likely the most famous master of trompe l’oeil (trick-of-the-eye illusionism). A Dutch graphic artist, specializing in woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints, Escher excelled in mathematically inspired depictions of impossible architecture and constructions. His imagery brought to life absurd spaces in a realistic manner, which separated his work from that of the Surrealists.

His complicated prints and fascination with the philosophy of science made Escher popular inspiration for artists, designers, architects and fashion designers, and his work continues to influence today.

Bunkamura, Shibuya, marks its new Box Gallery opening with an exhibition of high-quality reproductions of representative prints selected by the MC Escher Foundation in 2008; till Jan. 30.

Bunkamura Box Gallery; (03) 3477-9174; 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 7-min walk from JR Shibuya Station, Yamanote line; open daily 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Admission free. www.bunkamura.co.jp/gallery/exhibition/box_120114escher.html.