I know I’ve found the infinite. Math is indeed the art “zero”, the basis of all others and the foundation of all empirical creativity, pragmatic or ideal.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano“Since nothing is flat, not even the most polished mirror”, in order to reflect on the art of Maurits Cornelis Escher, a monumental exhibition will presented at the Palazzo Reale in Milan until January 22, 2017; dedicated to the visionary engraver, intellectual and mathematician, sponsored by Comune di Milano – Cultura; produced and organized by Palazzo Reale in Milan, Arthemisia Group and 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 ORE, in cooperation with the Escher Foundation; curated by Marco Bussagli and Federico Giudiceandrea.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, MilanoHow many faces has art got?
I do not know if Escher would have replied “infinite” …
How many faces has Escher got?
I do not know if art would have replied “infinite” …

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, MilanoTo welcome the public, there’s the self-portrait, because before reflecting on the space and mirroring in it, it is necessary to investigate ourselves, our changes and personal transformations.
 The meeting with Escher opens under the sign of a “Madonna” and a xilography of the Virgin’s hand dated 1921, perhaps a flower rather than a simple engraving.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, MilanoEscher discovered Italy in 1921. He returned here a year later on his Grand Tour and was struck especially by Tuscany and by the air of San Gimignano. In fact, together with the importance that his teacher, Samuel Jessurum de Mesquita, had in making him approach to the Art Nouveau, it was crucial this constant dialogue with Italy, with the artistic movements of the twentieth century and with the echoes of classical art and knowledge, so much that in 1923 he settled in Rome. From Giuseppe Haas Triverio up to Dario Neri and Lorenzo Viani: lines and short octagonal dashes, recurring motifs, clear echoes of the Divisionists in the engravings of that period. Then Escher met the Futurist movement.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano“Strike me, until the emission of the flame, hit me again!” says “The acciaiarino” by Escher; the movement of the hands appears so hectic to remind of those in the “Violin” by Giacomo Balla painted twenty years before.
Escher’s works are illusions: nightmares that have the flavor of wonder and not a leap into the void.

 

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, MilanoE = mc²
Einstein’s famous formula takes into account:
E = kinetic energy;
m = mass;
c = speed of light.
But Escher has got also “Relativity” and, in its composition, leads us to believe that three different gravity forces are operating at the same time.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, MilanoEscher uses three vanishing points to create three distinct worlds. I enter the maze. I start from the central area and it seems to me I am falling into “The Immortal” by Borges. A game of boxes, a game of reflexes.
 The doors, which for some appear vertical, instead become traps for others, walls become floors, ceilings become walls… white and black, above and below, right and left, male and female: the dream, the utopia and the non-reality …
 And space is a rational miracle in its irrationality.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, MilanoEscherian paradox is based on the fact that his visual hyperboles seem all the more dreamlike as are mathematically valid. His solids arise according to the manner in which Leonardo Da Vinci and Luca Pacioli represented reality, studied the world, understood it and knew humanity. Unseizeble but unitary: as demonstrated by “Metamorphosis” or “Bond of union” where each forms lurks in the other, as from parthenogenesis.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, MilanoI see a flock of white birds turn to a black sky and flying over a bleak landscape. I see a flock of black birds go to the sun and overcome fields nature and light. This is the “Day and Night” Escher; this is proof that the artist / author / mathematician becomes magician. And the alchemical vessels by Luca Maria Patella take shape.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, MilanoI saw an ant along the infinite, I witnessed three worlds reflect themselves in the same pond, grasshoppers beautiful as butterflies, fishes crashing like Hokusai’s waves, poisonous mushrooms looking delicious, beautiful peacocks appearing prickly … I went into a room of mirrors and I fear I have lost my way home … Or maybe my gaze simply fell, and I lost it in Escher.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

 

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Escher, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Credits:
Special thanks to MARIOS for the look – dress Paolo Gonzato x Marios
Hair: Roots Milano http://www.rootsmilano.com

Photo: Carlotta Coppo

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