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Rembrandt back in The Hague

This week, a long-concealed self-portrait of Rembrandt is set to return to The Hague. From Tuesday 29 November onwards, it will be on display in Escher in The Palace, which was home to it from 1850 to 1894, when the palace belonged successively to Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands and his sister Great Duchess Sophie. The painting has not been seen in the Netherlands since 1898 – for nearly 125 years – and has not even been on public display since 1967. The self-portrait is being given a unique spot among the famous self-portraits by Dutch printmaker M.C. Escher, whose work has been on display in the palace since 2002. The Rembrandt will be exhibited here until 29 January 2023.

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Escher in The Palace celebrates 20th anniversary

Twenty years ago, on 16 November 2002, Escher in The Palace was opened by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. Over the past two decades, the museum has grown into a visitor magnet where anyone can enjoy the world-famous graphic artist M.C. Escher all year round. Over the course of that period, Escher in The Palace has become the place where you can learn and see all about Escher's life and work all year round. In addition, during the past couple of decades, Escher in The Palace has always paid attention to the history of Lange Voorhout Palace, the former winter palace of Queen Mother Emma.

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Museumnight The Hague

Of course, Escher in The Palace will again participate in Museumnight The Hague. We have put together a great programme that allows you to be amazed, but also to get actively involved. Discover all the highlights here.

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Hans van Bentem, SELF-PORTRAITS

During Art The Hague Escher in the Palace is showing two sculptures by Hans van Bentem, an artist who is inextricably linked to the museum. Since it opened, its rooms have been graced by his huge chandeliers in a whole range of forms, including a skull, a bomb and a spider. The glittering crystal enhances the majestic feel of the palace, and lightheartedly reflect the fantasy element in the work of Escher.

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Art as a mirror of the soul

Escher in The Palace is proud of its latest acquisition: a mechanical sculpture by Jelle Korevaar. This contemporary artist makes distinctive kinetic installations, striving for an image that merges the aesthetic with social criticism. Korevaar's work, entitled ... (Dot Dot Dot), will be displayed this summer alongside Escher's print Eye.

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New: Royal Encounters

Escher in The Palace is set to host a royal encounter this autumn. The work of 10 artists based in The Hague will be on display as part of the Royal Encounters exhibition, a dialogue between tradition and experimentation, between past and present. Escher in The Palace invited the artists to produce new graphic work, drawing inspiration from Lange Voorhout Palace and its principal resident, Queen Mother Emma.

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Expected: Playing with Mirrors

Escher in The Palace will be looking in the mirror of M.C. Escher this summer. Escher’s world is a mirrored world – a game of repetition and reflection, looking and being amazed. His self-portraits in convex mirrors show the graphic artist himself in just such an alternative world. The reflections in natural scenes or small Italian streets betray Escher's love of the possibilities that reflections bring. This summer, you will experience Escher's fascination with reflections in Escher in The Palace. A fascination that continues to grip contemporary artists to this day.

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Andy Warhol has been extended!

After weeks in which the doors of the museum have been closed, we are very happy to welcome visitors to our museum again. To celebrate this, and to give as many people as possible the chance to come and admire the exhibition, we have extended Andy Warhol: Obsession with Editions! The ten beautiful portraits can now be admired in the palace until 29 May.

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Visit Escher in The Palace

Our doors are open for a museum visit. We are very excited to welcome you again and make sure you have a fantastic visit! From 25 February, it is no longer necessary to choose a time slot or to show a coronavirus entry pass.
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Glass sculptures by Tomas Hillebrand

Escher in The Palace enriches its playful second floor with three glass artworks by Tomas Hillebrand. As an artist, Hillebrand (Amsterdam, 1977) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy with large charcoal drawings, but after his training he turned to making glass sculptures. Whereas glass is often used to make functional objects, Hillebrand's fascination lies in creating autonomous works of art. In his recent work, the spherical glass sculptures are often silvered, so that the viewer sees himself reflected in the glass.

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