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Just like Escher

David Umemoto, Déambulatoire no. 4, 2020, beton
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Impossible objects, masterful metamorphoses and absurdist architecture. These are some of M.C. Escher's beloved themes that are still quite present in our current culture and contemporary art to this day. In the major autumn exhibition Just like Escher, Escher in Het Paleis shows how these themes are represented in today's art. With their works, contemporary artists and designers like Damien Hirst, Iris van Herpen, Chris Ofili and Carlijn Kingma question and challenge Escher's thinking.

In Just like Escher, the museum makes famous Escher themes such as optical illusion, reflection, nature and impossible architecture come to life through contemporary art. Through an exciting mix of works by more than 30 national and international artists, the museum shows how current and confrontational Escher's themes still are and how his work lives on and evolves in modern culture. Challenging the viewer was M.C. Escher's driving force, and it is precisely this challenge that underpins the exhibition. Each work engages in a surprising encounter with Escher's work.

Escher and Kunstmuseum Den Haag

The collection of Escher's work at Kunstmuseum Den Haag is the largest museum Escher collection in the world. This is thanks to the bond that Escher has built up with the museum since his retrospective exhibition in 1968: The Worlds of M.C. Escher. Escher experienced this first major retrospective of Escher's oeuvre and was very pleased with it. In response to The worlds of M.C. Escher founded J.L. Locher – then curator of the print room and later director of the museum – set up a foundation with the aim of building an Escher collection for the Netherlands, with the Kunstmuseum in The Hague as its home base. Ultimately, the Kunstmuseum acquires a significant part of Escher's oeuvre after his death.

Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Kunstmuseum Den Haag is one of the Netherlands' leading museums for modern and contemporary art. With a collection that includes visual art, applied art and fashion, with a focus on De Stijl, The Hague School, Delft Blue and German Expressionism, the Kunstmuseum is a leader in the (inter)national museum landscape. In addition to the oeuvre of Piet Mondrian, the oeuvre of M.C. Escher is one of the collection cores: the museum has the most extensive public collection in the world with almost all of his graphic work, a large collection of drawings and a comprehensive archive full of letters, photographs and other personal documents from Escher.

Escher in The Palace

Since 2002, Escher in Het Paleis has been housed in the Lange Voorhout Palace in The Hague. With more than 120 prints, Escher in Het Paleis always features Escher's best-known works from the Kunstmuseum's Escher collection. These beautiful prints are shown in a royal setting: the former winter palace of Queen Mother Emma. Before the Lange Voorhout Palace was dedicated to Escher, presentations of the collection could also be seen here between 1994 and 1996.

Dates and Times

3 November 24 March
11:00 – 17:00
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Escher in the Palace is open during Easter, Withsunday and Boxing Day. During the Dutch summer holidays, the museum is also open on Mondays.
€ 6,50 - € 12,50
7-12 jaar € 6,50
13-17 jaar € 9,00
Normaal € 12,50
Adults € 11,00

You are required to show your TheHaguePass at the entrance.

€ 11,00
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