Escher in the Palace

Escher in the Palace is an exhibition in The Hague dedicated to the work of the world-famous Dutch graphic artist MC Escher, who lived from 1898-1972.Tuesday, 15 May 2018

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

Escher in the Palace is an exhibition in The Hague dedicated to the work of the world-famous Dutch graphic artist MC Escher, who lived from 1898-1972.

Nearly all of Escher’s prints are on show here, among them Belvedere, Drawing Hands, Waterfall, and Ascending and Descending.

Here, art lovers can see how the artist created images and illusions that saw fishes become birds, made water flow upstream and his lesser known, but very attractive, early Italian landscapes. Visitors can also find out about his life, gain insights into how he worked and learn how his contemporaries viewed him.

On the first two floors, visitors can see how his work progressed from depicting the real world to his fantasy worlds — optical illusions are key in Escher’s work.

The more adventurous will be able to unravel some of Escher’s mysteries such as the Impossible Penrose Triangle by attempting to construct one for themselves in the interactive part of the exhibition on the second floor.

The building housing the exhibition is a former royal palace designed by Pieter de Swarte. It’s now the only public building in the larger area of Rotterdam and The Hague with a true royal history: Queen Juliana was the first monarch to set out from it in her golden carriage on ‘Prinsjesdag’ for the opening of parliament.

The palace is situated in the heart of the historical area of The Hague and has provided a regal home to the extraordinary world of Escher since November 2002.

There are 15 chandeliers made by Hans van Bentem — many of them inspired by the work of Escher — and they form a surreal addition to the works on display and heighten the royal atmosphere of the building.

Parquet flooring designed by Donald Judd completes the artistry on show at the former royal residence. Judd, who was one of the foremost American minimalist artists of the 1960s, applied the principle of different colours and geometric patterns to the parquet floor to cover two storeys in the palace.

Don’t miss

The 20ft-long woodcut Metamorphosis III print, which allows visitors to experience Escher’s combination of time and space

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES

• Exhibition space
• Permanent and temporary exhibitions
• Guided tours
• Activities and workshops
• Cafe
• Shop

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escherinthepalace.com

T: +31 70 4277730

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