UNIVERSOS INFINITOS                            

Exposición sobre M.C. Escher en

el Palacio de CarlosV

“M.C. Escher. Infinite Universes” is a exhibition project carried out by the Alhambra and the Granada Parque de las Ciencias. Divided between these two locations, the exhibit features 135 works by the Dutch artist originating from the M.C. Escher Foundation, inviting visitors to inmerse themselves in the universe of Escher. Among the works on display are some of his most renowned works.

In the chapel´s octogonal space, a recreation of Escher´s work by means of virtual images featuring animal figures broadens the Islamic vision of the division of the plane, something to wich Escher aspired throughout his entire oeuvre and wich he did not find in the decorations of the Alhambra.

One of the Windows allows the view to be recovered of the connecting space between the circular courtyard of the Renaissance Palace andthe rectangular Islamic Patio of the Arrayanes. Two different, opposing worlds, impossible to imagine side by side, East and West, brought together thanks to the determination of Emperor Charles V by means of a “staircase of time” wich, like Escher´s endless staircase, connects landscapes that are only possible in our imagination. The other window, located were the two palace stand face to face, is a optical illusion of concatenated spaces, between the stereotomy of the Renaissance stone and the lattice window of the Patio of the Arrayanes. This window allows visitors to behold tha magical and unused space of the encounter between these two worlds, like the work of Escher, a permanent crossroads between the real and dream worlds.

The exhibitions is designed as if it were a studio installation, more reminiscent of the artist´s studio than a exhibition hall. The works are displayed of the exposed stone walls and two windows, now hidden, built by the architect Pedro Machuca as testimony to meeting of these two world and wich the exhibition seeks to open once again to the viewer.

The Alhambra exhibition is being hosted in the octogonal chapel of the Palace of Charles V, a point of intersection between the colosal stone structures of the Renaissance palace and the tiled walls of the Nasrid Palaces. In this meeting of architectures, characterictic of Escher-like geometries, shown is the work influenced by the decoration of the Nasrid Palaces to wich Escher travelled for the last time seventy-five years ago in pursuit of references and inspiration.

The Tecno-Foro Hall shall host the exhibition in the Parque de las Ciencias, a two-storey space wich houses the artist´s work recreated in an Escher-like ambiance. The exhibition in this hall is divided into seven sections, wich afford an overview of his creation. The design does not follow a chronological order or intend to classify his work, but rather obeys seven possible visions of the artist´s production, almost all os wich are related to science, architecture and the representation of landscapes, the subject matter wich comprises the world of Escher.

The work are grouped under the following themes:

Figurative Representation

Natural and Artificial Landscapes. The Mediterranean.


Crossing Worlds

Three-Dimensional and Mathematics forms

Geometrization os the Plane

Perspective and Architectures

The joint exhibition hosted by these two spaces affords visitors the oportunity to contemplate the artist´s oeuvre in unique settings. Two locations inextricably linked to this creative processes: the Alhambra as a place that exerted a decisive influence on his work and the Parque de las Ciencias, a space of scientific dissemination wich establishes a connection between the influences and relatonships of his work and the others spheres of knowledge. The exhibition reveals the ambiguous nature of the production of an artist keen on science and obsessed with capturing subjective reality with help of mathematics.





29.03.11 – 28.02.12






Borja Ferrater

Juan Domingo Santos

Carlos Ferrater

Producción ejecutiva:

Planta Constructiva

Eduard Viñals

Gloria Martí

Diseño expositivo:

OAB – Office of Architecture in Barcelona

Juan Domingo Santos

Colaboradores OAB:

Birgit Eschenlor

Elena Romero Sánchez

Colaboradores Estudio JDS:

Julien Fajardo

Carmen Moreno Álvarez 

Claire de Nutte

Isabel Díaz Rodríguez

Diseño gráfico:

ODB – Office of Design in Barcelona


Maria Güell

Realización audiovisual:

Transversal Arte y Estrategia, S.L.

Francisco López Rivera



Juan Domingo Santos