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The exhibition

Escher in The Palace is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the world-famous artist M.C. Escher, whose art startles 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 120 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). 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 lets 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 Ascending 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 visitors are familiarized in an accessible manner with his working methods.

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

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. And have you been wanting to make your own tessellation? Now you can, with our new touchscreen program ‘Design your own pattern‘.

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.

What was on? Looking back at some previous exhibitions

14 November 2019 to 9 February 2020

David Umemoto: Architect of the Impossible

Two artists, two disciplines, but a shared fondness for enigmatic architecture. In Winter 2019/2020, Escher in The Palace brought together the work of artist M.C. Escher (1898 – 1972) and the sculptures of contemporary artist and architect David Umemoto (1975) for the first time....
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23 May to 1 September 2019

Nadir and Zenith in the World of Escher

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…...
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13 October until 9 December 2018

Rinus Roelofs

Escher in The Palace showed a series of remarkable sculptures by the Dutch mathematician and artist Rinus Roelofs (Hengelo, 1954). The main subject of Rinus Roelofs’ art is his fascination about mathematics. To be more precise: his fascination about mathematical structures. Mathematical structures can be found all around us. We…...
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4 February until 28 May 2017

Escher, close up

Maurits Cornelis Escher used photography as a source of inspiration and as part of his preliminary studies, as was evident for the first time in the exhibition Escher, Close Up....
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14 July until 26 August 2018

Once upon a time…

This year The Hague was caught up in the Analog Patterns festival, a pattern-themed initiative of the Grafische Werkplaats. Escher in Het Paleis joined in the festivities with the exhibition Once upon a time... with works by Christie van der Haak and Suzan Drummen in the Palace's ballroom and 'green…...
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15 September until 29 October 2017

Emma, mother of the modern monarchy

Every autumn, Escher in Het Paleis joins in with the festivities surrounding Prinsjesdag. This year the theme of the Prinsjesdag festival was 'Time to find common ground'. It was a good reason to raise the profile of Queen Mother Emma. We did this  in conjunction with the National Archive....
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