Now On View

  • M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion

    Sept. 20, 2014 — Jan. 5, 2015


    M.C. Escher created intricate geometric drawings and prints of spaces that can only exist on paper and in the viewer’s mind. His images continue to boggle the eye and the brain, captivating viewers more than 40 years after his death. In Escher’s world, stairways are built upside-down, water runs uphill and every object is reproduced with mathematical precision. This Escher retrospective is one of the largest and most comprehensive ever offered in the United States. Its exclusive New England showing at the Currier Museum of Art will contain his best-known works of art, early family portraits, original preparatory sketches and mezzotints he created, and one of the of lithographic stones he used to print a later work.

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    Image left: M.C. Escher, Waterfall, © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved.
    Image right: M.C. Escher, Drawing Hands, © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved.

    Exhibition Pricing

    In addition to the regular Museum admission fee, admission to the special exhibition is $5 per adult (18 and older) and per youth (age 13-17). Admission for children 12 and younger is free. Currier Members and their youth family Members receive limited complimentary admission based upon membership level. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. For further details, visit or call 603.669.6144, x152.

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    Exhibition Support

    The Currier’s presentation of the exhibition and related educational programs are sponsored by TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank; Dyn; The Badger Fund and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; and by individual support from Dwight and Susi Churchill and Barbara and Thomas Putnam.

    Escher-inspired programs are supported by the Nashua Arts & Sciences Fund and the Ruth and James Ewing Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Netherland-America Foundation.

    The exhibition is from the collection of the Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece,

    Read the exhibition press release.

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    Focus Exhibit: A Naval Officer's Albums: Travel Photography in the 19th-century

    July 7, 2014 — Oct. 20, 2014

    The Currier Museum of Art Reference Library and Archives presents a small scale exhibit of seven albums from the collection of Navy Rear Admiral Joseph Murdock (1851-1931). Admiral Murdock loaned several items to the Museum. Several years after his death heirs to Admiral Murdock donated his travel photography albums, along with several Japanese ceramics and textiles, to the Museum in 1951. Commercial photographs which were offered for sale to travelers and tourists dominate the albums with personal snapshots speckled throughout. 

    Nearly half of the photographs in the albums represent Japanese people and landscapes both "en plein air” and in staged studio settings and were taken by established photographers working in the region, including Kusakabe Kimbei (1841-1934) a student of Felice Beato (1825-1904) and several unknown photographers. Images from Scotland, Venice and Egypt are also on view. One image entitled "Ascent of the Great Pyramid" is believed to the work of famed French photographer Félix Bonfils. 

    Seven albums are on view along with assorted ephemera found tucked between the pages, including personal snapshots, postcards, correspondence and pressed flowers. Many of the photographs are excellent examples of the hand-coloring process popular during the period. 

    Learn more about the library and archives collections which are open to the public here.

  • Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

    Sept. 1, 2013 — Jan. 5, 2015

    The Currier Museum of Art presents  a selection of Dutch and Flemish masterworks loaned from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection. The Van Otterloo Collection recently drew large crowds as it toured the Netherlands and the U.S, opening at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, then traveling to Houston and San Francisco and then briefly at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The works loaned to the Currier have been acquired since that international tour, and have not been exhibited previously in the U.S. 

    Images: Jan van Huysum, Dutch (1682 - 1749), Flowers in a Terracotta Vase,c. 1730, The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection; Jacob van Walscapelle, Dutch (1644 - 1727), Still Life of Flowers with a Branch of Peaches, c 1679, The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection