M. C. Escher

19 May – 2 June 1977

M. C. Escher was the subject of a survey exhibition organised to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Philips Electrical Industries Limited activity in New Zealand.

50 of his prints, from the collection of the M. C. Escher Foundation, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, were made available, providing the New Zealand public with their first opportunity to see a major collection of his work.

The works fell into two major groups, those executed between 1937 and 1944, in which repetitive patterns of figure merge one object into the other, and those after 1944, in which spaces were created, animated by figures and creatures in impossible distortions.

The attendance for the exhibition was 6,962 compared to the average attendance for a similar period of 3,000.