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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

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The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
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About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
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Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

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745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

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Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
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Studio Team

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Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
Currently closed

About the Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

Wedding & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

In-person Tours

Group tours are available for groups of 20 or fewer. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
Find out more

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Give the Chrysler Experience

Share everything you love about the Chrysler Museum with a gift membership. Perfect for everyone on your list.

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
Learn about planned giving

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M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations

On View

April 15, 2022 — August 28, 2022

Located in

Special Exhibition Galleries

Artwork from the Collection of Paul and Anna Belinda Firos. Photo courtesy of Austin Fuller, World Chess Hall of Fame
Artwork from the Collection of Paul and Anna Belinda Firos. Photo courtesy of Austin Fuller, World Chess Hall of Fame

Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898–1972) is possibly the world’s most well-known graphic artist, but he once vexed an interviewer by referring to himself as a mathematician!  Escher’s artistic output was considerable, and his mesmerizing visual puzzles, tessellations, and impossible buildings are among the most beloved and popular works of art in the world.  His fascination with mathematical theory motivated him to produce imagery that constantly challenged notions of reality and its underlying structures.

 

The Chrysler Museum will present more than 150 works by Escher from the collection of Paul and Melinda Firos of Athens, Greece in M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations. The exhibition will showcase works that span Escher’s career, including the iconic Day and Night, in which two flocks of birds in flight blend into Holland’s landscape, and Ascending and Descending, a 1960 print of an impossible building with a staircase that mirrors a möbius strip. This comprehensive exhibition will trace the imagery that made Escher one of the world’s most recognized artists and feature the full range of media in which he worked, including woodcuts, lithographs, etchings, and even a lithography stone.

Artwork from the Collection of Paul and Anna Belinda Firos. Photo courtesy of Austin Fuller, World Chess Hall of Fame

“Escher taps into our desire to find the order behind reality, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Mr. and Mrs. Firos to present their considerable collection of Escher’s art to a new generation.” –Lloyd DeWitt, Ph.D., the Chrysler Museum’s Chief Curator and Irene Leache Curator of European Art.

Escher was born in Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland in the Netherlands, but raised in war-ravaged Arnhem.  Although he studied architecture in Haarlem, he was drawn to graphic art by Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, a teacher at his school who profoundly influenced his graphic style. When Escher moved to Italy, his early output was dominated by advertising and landscape prints there. He became famous for his tessellated, or tile-like, patterns after seeing Moorish tilework on a trip to Spain in 1935. The rise of fascism in Italy forced him back to the Netherlands, where he was forced to sit out the Nazi occupation. He was unable to sell his work because he refused to certify his “Aryanness” and was horrified that he was unable to save his teacher de Mesquita from Auschwitz.  While his children emigrated to Canada, Escher remained in Holland, where his increasingly sophisticated imagery gained him an appreciative audience, especially among fans of psychedelia during the 1960s.  His oeuvre eventually grew to over 2,000 works before his death in 1972.  It was not until Douglas Hofstadter’s 1979 publication of Gödel, Escher, Bach, however, that Escher’s work became tied in the public’s imagination to quantum physics and advanced mathematics, cementing the hold his work gained over the global audience it still enjoys today.

 

This exhibition was organized by Pan Art Connections.

More special exhibitions

On view right now

Through November 28, 2021

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers
Exhibition Details

Through December 12, 2021

If You Thirst for a Homeland: Flame-worked glass by Dafna Kaffeman
Exhibition Details

From the Collection