Another month, another museum visit. With each visit, comes inspiration. This time, it’s the Escher special exhibition at The Hague’s Kunstmuseum.

Dutch-born Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is known around the world for artwork of optical illusions, objects arranged in patterns of infinity, and designs of symmetry, perspective, reflections, tessellations and mathematical formulae.

The major inspiration for his designs came from his travels, in particular the landscape and architecture of the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany, and the Moorish designs and tile patterns in Granada’s Alhambra Palace and Cordoba’s Mezquita.

Escher’s work is a constant reminder of the joy of discovering hidden objects, changing viewpoints and intriguing perspectives that catch the viewer by surprise.

Whether viewing an artwork, reading a book, watching a movie or listening to music, that moment of surprise is what intrigues us. It catches our imagination, makes us sit up and notice that something is different. Something is special.

Surprise – call it tension, suspense or mystery – keeps the reader turning the next page, the participant eager for the next scene in the movie, the rest of the song, the details in the artwork. Surprise engages curiosity and wonder.

What could be more intriguing than a flock of geese transforming into a school of fish? Who doesn’t love a sudden twist in a story they didn’t anticipate?


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