The exhibition Escher meets Islamic Art at the Tropenmuseum explored the influence of Islamic art on the famous Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. Escher’s fascination for geometric patterns was given a significant boost during two trips to southern Spain, where he visited the Alhambra in Granada. After closely studying and copying the Islamic patterns on the walls of the Alhambra, he started applying the mathematical principles of these patterns to his own designs.
The exhibition featured masterpieces from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London alongside exquisite examples of Escher’s graphic art from the collections of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and the M.C. Escher Foundation.
As assistant curator I was responsible for concept development, research, documentation and selection of art works from national and international collections.