10/31/2023 – 05/05/2024

From 31 October, Palazzo Bonaparte will host the largest Escher exhibition to date, with over 300 works, new discoveries and great novelties.


Maurits Cornelius Escher (1898-1972), one of the world's best-loved artists, moved to Rome in 1923. And to celebrate this important centenary, Arthemisia wanted to pay homage to him with an epoch-making exhibition that will display all the greatest masterpieces of the Dutch genius.


From next 31 October, 100 years after his first visit to the capital in 1923, Escher returns to Rome with the largest and most complete exhibition ever dedicated to him, at Palazzo Bonaparte.


A restless, reserved and undoubtedly brilliant Dutchman, Escher is the artist who, with his engravings and lithographs, has had and continues to have the unique ability to transport us into an imaginative and impossible world, where art, mathematics, science, physics and design are mixed.


An artist who was discovered relatively recently, Escher has won over millions of visitors worldwide thanks to his ability to speak to a wide audience. Escher is loved by those who know art, but also by those who are passionate about mathematics, geometry, science, design and graphics. A wide range of themes converge in his works, and for this reason he is unique in the panorama of art history.


The exhibition in Rome is an exceptional event that presents to the public not only his most famous masterpieces, but also numerous never-before-exhibited works.


An anthological exhibition of around 300 works that includes the now iconic Hand with Reflecting Sphere (1935), Bond of Union (1956), Metamorphosis II (1939), Day and Night (1938), the famous Emblemata series, and many others.


After several trips to Italy that began in 1921 when he visited Tuscany, Umbria and Liguria, Escher arrived in Rome where he lived for twelve years, from 1923 to 1935, at number 122 Via Poerio, in the Monteverde vecchio district. The Roman period had a strong influence on all his later work, which saw him prolific in the production of lithographs and engravings, especially of landscapes, views, architecture and views of that ancient and baroque Rome that he loved to investigate in its most intimate dimension, that of the night, in the dim light of a lantern.
The nights spent drawing, sitting on a folding chair and with a small torch hanging from his jacket, are counted by Escher among the most beautiful memories of that period.
The exhibition at Palazzo Bonaparte will also feature the complete series of 12 Roman Nocturnes produced in 1934.


The exhibition, under the patronage of the Municipality of Rome - Department for Culture and the Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is produced and organised by Arthemisia in collaboration with the M. C. Escher Foundation and Maurits and is curated by Federico Giudiceandrea - one of the world's leading Escher experts - and Mark Veldhuysen, CEO of the M. C. Escher Company.


The exhibition is sponsored by Generali Valore Cultura, special partner Ricola, mobility partner Atac and Frecciarossa Treno Ufficiale, media partner la Repubblica and Urban Vision, hospitality partner Hotel de Russie and Hotel de la Ville and partner Mercato Centrale Roma.