Maurits Cornelis Escher
Maurits Cornelis Escher, who lived from 1898 to 1972, was a genius at drawing impossible situations. If you take a closer look at his work you realise that Escher's illustrations are mathematical masterpieces which depict optical illusions. In one of his most famous works, Waterfall, water flows uphill and the towers are put together incongruously. Other works show birds morphing into fish and figures that endlessly walk up and down a staircase in the same courtyard.
The exhibition at Escher in the Palace combines unique works of art with biographical material including photographs, letters, and preliminary sketches. Escher mainly worked with printing techniques such as woodcut, lithography, mezzotint and tessellation.
The Escher collection is borrowed from the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. The palace at the beautiful Lange Voorhout in The Hague has been owned by the Dutch Royal Family in the past, and it was Queen Emma, grandmother of the former Queen Beatrix, who bought it in 1896. In the MC Café, visitors can see what the 19th century interior looked like: a perfect place for the imaginary to meet the building's rich past.