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Nadir and Zenith in the World of Escher

24 May to 1 September 2019

Experience the most delightful picture book of the year in the cheerful summer exhibition at Escher in Het Paleis

The art of graphic artist M.C. Escher is a source of inspiration to countless creative spirits—from architects to rock stars, from mathematicians to graphic designers and from schoolchildren to artists. Picture book creator Wouter van Reek draws inspiration from Escher too. His latest book, Nadir en Zenith in de Wereld van Escher (Nadir and Zenith in the world of Escher), takes readers on an adventure with its protagonists Nadir and Zenith. They end up in the wondrous world of Escher, replete with endless staircases and impossible buildings. That world is brought even more vividly to life in the exhibition on the basis of illustrations from the book, as well as through the preliminary studies, the story of the creator and, of course, the works of Escher. An experience for visitors of all ages.

Exhibition for young and old

The protagonists Nadir and Zenith accidentally clamber and climb into Escher’s world and go hunting for the unknown. Nothing is normal in the world of Escher—above turns into below, high suddenly becomes low. Nadir is a bit cautious sometimes, but Zenith takes on the challenge from a more uninhibited perspective. Together they brave the impossibilities of Escher’s work.



Escher in Het Paleis brings Wouter van Reek’s picture book to life in this cheerful exhibition for visitors of all ages. This exhibition will take families, picture book fans and Escher fans alike on a wonderful voyage of discovery in which there are all sorts of things to see, do and read. Visitors will come face to face with the most significant sources of inspiration for the book: the prints of M.C. Escher. The story by creator Wouter van Reek will take visitors on a journey too. Together with a specially designed educational quest, children can work their way through the exhibition with Nadir and Zenith, exploring the world of Escher as they go.

Book and signing session 26 May

Published by Uitgeverij Leopold in conjunction with Escher in Het Paleis, the magnificent children’s art book Nadir en Zenith in de Wereld van Escher (Nadir and Zenith in the World of Escher, ISBN 978 90 258 7691 3) will be available in the gift shop of Escher in Het Paleis and in general bookshops for €15.99 from 23 May.

Keen to have a signed copy? On 26 May between 11:00 and 12:30, you can get your picture book signed by Wouter van Reek in the middle of the exhibition at Escher in Het Paleis.