Escher in Het Paleis is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the world-famous artist M.C. Escher, whose art startled millions of people all over the world.
The collection is housed in the former Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands. It is the only public building in The Hague where the original royal ambience of a palace has been maintained.

With over 150 prints you can always see the best known works and a changing selection of graphic work and tessellations from the complete works of Maurits C. Escher (1898-1972) at Escher in Het Paleis. Highlight of the visit and crown on the exhibition is the 7 meters long Metamorphosis III. This enormous woodcut and the non-conventional way of displaying it let’s the visitor actually experience Escher combining time and space as an organic unity.

The art of Escher instills a sense of bewilderment and wonder, and fascinates young and old alike with his magical world. The exhibition includes famous ‘impossible’ prints such as “Day and Night”, where the Dutch landscape appears to morph into a flock of birds, and “Climbing and Descending” which depicts rows of people perpetually ascending and descending a flight of stairs. His fantastical structures, which couldn’t possibly exist in the real world, are optical illusions that play with perspective.

As well as showcasing his famous prints, The Palace also houses a collection of Escher’s early works, such as the beautiful Italian landscapes, studies of Moorish mosaics and bizarre still lives. The photographs of Escher’s family capture the private life of Escher, and the wood blocks and lithographic stones familiarize visitors in an accessible manner with his working methods.

Curator Micky Piller talks you through the exhibition Eternity & Infinity and explains why these are reappearing themes in the work of Escher.

A Sense of Wonder

In recent years an addtion has been made to our permanent exhibition, which deepens the themes Escher uses. Read more about this exhibition: A Sense of Wonder, from boredom to optical illusions

Experience the world of Escher

The second floor has been changed into a special experience for the presentation: In the Eye of Escher

An optical illusion depicts something which is in fact impossible. M.C. Escher was a master in this field. An optical illusion literally means doing puzzles with your eyes. The visitor will be able to unravel some of Escher’s mysteries like the Impossible Penrose Triangle by constructing one himself. The extra presentation “In the Eye of Escher” shows various themes in which Escher was involved, like reflection, perception and perspective.

As well as these fun attractions, there are also scavenger hunts for younger children. On Sunday and during the school holidays, we also organize workshops for children. Please visit our website regularly for the latest news and updates.

From frame to cutout

Escher’s work is known for such things as his optical illusions and his playing with perspective. He had an aptitude for rendering day-to-day subjects unfamiliar by means of the viewpoint he took or the cutout he made. The ideal nourishment for this was photography, which Escher took up when he was 15 years old. Read more >

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  • Escher maakte de Scholastica prenten ter illustiratie van het boek “De Vreeselijke avonturen van Scholastica”, over de heks van Oudewater, geschreven door Jan Walch. Escher created the Scholastica prints to illustrate the book 'The Terrible Adventures of Scholastica', about the witch of Oudewater, written by Jan Walch. #halloween #scholastica #oudewater #heksen #witches #escher #mcescher #janwalch #devreeselijkeavonturenvanscholastica

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