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Exhibition May 28 − August 17, 2019

Samuel de Mesquite

A retrospective exhibition is held at the Tokyo Station Gallery Samuel de Mesquita. The exhibition includes about 240 exhibits and about 180 engravings that reveal the work of the author.

There are names in world history that have remained in the shadows. One of these names is Samuel de Mesquita. His personality played a decisive role in the development of the world famous Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. They met in 1919 in the northern Dutch city of Harlem, where Escher, in preparation for becoming an architect and ornamentalist, took lessons from Samuel, who was fond of woodcuts. Games Maurits Escher with a plane and space, juggling contrasts and geometric forms without exaggeration can be called echoes of the influence of the master Samuel de Mesquita.

Samuel de Mesquita was born in 1868 in Amsterdam. He graduated from the National Institute of Applied Arts and studied architecture, a year later he moved to the National Pedagogical University. Killed in Auschwitz in 1944. In 1946, Maurits Escher organized an exhibition in memory of his mentor and handed over all the creations of the latter to the Stedelik museum in Amsterdam.