The Miracle of M.C. Escher: Prints from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
In a nutshell
More than just the interlocking staircases from college posters, this exhibition is a rare opportunity to see a broad spectrum of works by M.C. Escher. The Israel Museum’s collection is rarely loaned out and is not on permanent display in Jerusalem due to the delicate nature of the prints. They are displayed by theme rather than chronologically and his more famous self portraits and optical illusions are located at the end.
The Ueno Royal Museum is an older facility with a small gift shop and even smaller café. The museum uses temporary walls painted with bright colors to display artwork in an appealing manner.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The list of works, the introduction and the eight themes are translated into English. All other information about the works and the audio guide is in Japanese only. The prints are rather straightforward but supplemental information would be appreciated.
No photos of the works are allowed.
These prints are stunning with incredible detail and beautiful scenes. If you can get close enough, you feel like you could fall into the piece.
This exhibition is appealing to a wide audience and is a great opportunity to see a wide variety of prints, including woodcuts, lithographs, mezzotints, linocuts, and wood engraving.
How far out?
The museum is located in Ueno Park, about a five minute walk from the Koen exit of the JR Ueno Station, the Tokyo Metro Ueno station or Keisei Ueno station.
How much time?
About one hour. The exhibition is popular - go at an off time if possible to avoid queuing to see the prints.
How much money?
¥1,600 for general admission.
July 29, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Worth a special trip.
Both in Japanese only: http://www.escher.jp/ and