Till April 11 Mon at the Met – Last Chance to See Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger’s Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay

There is a painful history to the drawings of Matthias Buchinger’s Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay

Only on View through April 11
This exhibition of 22 drawings by 18th-century German artist Matthias Buchinger (1674–ca. 1736), who was born without hands or feet, will be on view only through Monday, April 11. Despite his disabilities, Buchinger was celebrated in his own time as a draftsman and calligrapher as well as a magician and musician. He performed for three successive German emperors and, in England and Ireland, entertained royalty and was a frequent guest at noble houses. The Met’s two drawings by Buchinger are displayed alongside some 20 works from the collection of Ricky Jay, the celebrated illusionist, actor, and author.

Framing Buchinger’s stupendous works, which were composed largely through micrography (employing minuscule script to create abstract shapes or figurative designs) and calligraphy, are works from The Met’s collection—from late Medieval manuscripts and Renaissance typographical prints, to 17th-century writing books and contemporary works on paper—all of which demonstrate words in play.

The mysteries of Matthias Buchinger
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