Walking on the Ceiling: The Amazing Worlds of M. C. Escher

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In a first-of-its-kind exhibition, the NGV brings together the works of Dutch artist M.C. Escher and Japanese design studio nendo to deliver a thought-provoking exploration of time and space communicated through art.

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Thursday 07 February 2019 06:00 pm until Thursday 07 February 2019 08:30 pm (Add to calendar)
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Presented by:
Dr Vincent Alessi and Cathy Leahy
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Community Event; Exhibition; Public Lecture; Public

As part of the kaleidoscopic exhibition, the NGV’s Senior Curator of Prints and Drawing, Cathy Leahy, will present the lecture Walking on the Ceiling: The Amazing Worlds of M.C. Escher, followed by a public discussion with La Trobe University’s Senior Lecturer Dr Vincent Alessi, who will unpack the complexities of M.C. Escher’s mind-boggling worlds.

Escher’s unique capacity to blur the lines between art, mathematics, science and poetry have made him an icon of the 20th century. Walking on the Ceiling: The Amazing Worlds of M.C. Escher explores the famed artist’s fascination with space, illusion and the artifice of picture-making.

Enjoy an exclusive viewing of this stimulating exhibition while hearing Dr Alessi and Cathy Leahy delve into M.C. Escher’s brilliant mind. Their combined expertise provides in-depth insights into the artist’s celebrated drawings and prints of impossible, paradoxical spaces.


Dr Vincent Alessi

Dr Vincent Alessi is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Prior to this he was the Curatorial Manager at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne from 2014 to mid-2015 and Artistic Director of LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art from 2006 to 2014.

Alessi has curated exhibitions both nationally and internationally on artists as diverse as Mike Brown, Philip Hunter, Juan Ford, Julie Rrap and Brook Andrew, exploring topics varying from Australian abstractionism and modernism to notions of place and identity in contemporary practice. He has written on the works of Reko Rennie, Juan Ford, Darren Wardle, Sarah Amos, Adam Nudelman, Shane Jones, Danny Moynihan and Dean Bowen, amongst others.

In 2010 Vincent completed a PhD focusing on Vincent van Gogh’s collection of English popular prints, which was published in 2018 by Monash University Publishing. He continues to work in this area with a current project investigating the influence of Charles Dickens on van Gogh’s moral code and artistic practice.

Cathy Leahy

Cathy Leahy studied at the Australian National University in Canberra and at Monash University, Melbourne. She began her curatorial career at the National Gallery of Australia in 1984 and, following a Fellowship at the Prints and Drawings department at the British Museum in London, joined the National Gallery of Victoria in 1990 as Curator of Prints and Drawings. She has been Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the NGV since 2001, curated over 30 exhibitions and has published widely in the field.

Most recently she has curated Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds (2018), John Wolseley: Heartlands and Headwaters (2015); William Blake (2014) and has co-curated Colony Australia 1770–1861 / Frontier Wars (2018); Luminous: Australian Watercolours 1900–2000 (2016) and The Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death and Disaster (2012).

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