Escher in The Palace 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.
Two artists, two disciplines, but a shared fondness for enigmatic architecture. This autumn, Escher in The Palace will bring together the work of artist M.C. Escher and the sculptures of contemporary artist and architect David Umemoto for the first time.
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 was brought even more vividly to life in our 2019 summer exhibition. We showed illustrations from the book, preliminary studies, the story of the creator and, of course, the works of Escher. It was an experience for visitors of all ages.
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 can see them everywhere in our daily lives.
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 room'.
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.
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.
For the first time two Dutch museums with totally different backgrounds had organised a common exhibition in which a comparison between Islamic art and the work of MC Escher was central: Escher & Treasures from Islam in The Hague and Escher meets Islamic Art in Amsterdam.