Herakleidon Museum |

“ART & MATHEMATICS: from the aesthetics of Art to the logic of Mathematics”

March 23rd 2012 – May 31st 2013

Friday: 13:00-21:00,

Saturday-Sunday: 11:00-19:00,
Monday-Thursday: closed

Exhibit Photo Gallery


Curators: Apostolos Papanikolaou, Aris Mavrommatis


Beginning on March 23, 2012, the Museum Herakleidon will present an exhibition of works by M.C. Escher and V. Vasarely, from its permanent collections. The exhibition does not have a closing date, however the works on display will be periodically renewed.

The works were chosen along the theme of “Art and Mathematics”, a ‘gate’ that the Museum Herakleidon opened when it was founded in 2004 and that it holds wide open, both for the general public and the education community. It has already been announced that the founders of the museum, Paul and Belinda Firos, have decided to focus the museum’s activities on learning and education, in a productive dialogue between art and science, which will evidence the artistic and scientific potential of our country and will broaden the intellectual horizons of the public.


The first floor of the museum is dedicated to the exhibition of works by the French painter, of Hungarian descent, Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), universally recognized as the father of Op-Art. Twenty-five of his serigraphs will be on display. The artist believed in what he called “social art”, not wanting art to be the privilege of the ‘elite’. He often wrote about his belief in the dissemination of art and the value of multiples: I dream of a social art. I imagine man as having a deep desire for the visual arts, just as he does for music. About the subject of his art, he stated: I had no experience of the true revelation of the “abstract” until 1947, when I realized that pure “shape-color” can represent the world (…) a plastic unit in a square or a rectangular plane that comprises shapes of geometric origins, in colors or contrasts (…)”.


The second floor of the exhibition is dedicated to the work of the Dutch print maker and graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972). Approximately forty prints from the museum’s collection will be on display. Escher considered himself purely a graphic artist, leaving it to the scientists to interpret his works in mathematical terms. Beginning in the 1950s he gained supporters among mathematicians and other scientists, having kindled their interest with his art. To this day his work constitutes a symbolic bridge between science and art.
All M.C. Escher works © The M.C. Escher Company B.V. – Baarn – the NETHERLANDS

The Museum Herakleidon invites the art-loving public to step through the ‘gate’ that it has opened and to enjoy a fascinating tour, from the aesthetics of art to the logic of mathematics.

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