Escher’s Journey


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Water flowing upwards, staircases leading to infinity and birds growing out of the ground. These are just some of the iconic images born out of Frisian artist Maurits Cornelis Escher’s singular mind. A peerless visionary whose pictures hang on walls and in galleries across the globe, as part of Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018, European Capital of Culture, the Museum of Friesland will present an exhibition of Escher’s fascinating work, in which visitors will trace the inspirations behind some of his most iconic creations and fascinating style. Taking place from 28 April to the 28 October 2018, don’t miss this chance to dive into the unknown and explore his brilliant reflections on infinity, symmetry and perspective.

  • Get to know Friesland’s most famous icons during Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018.
  • Enjoy the mathematical precision and artistic beauty of M.C. Escher in this temporary exhibition, from 28 April to 28 October 2018.
  • Explore one of Leeuwarden’s cultural treasures: the bold, open-plan Museum of Friesland.

See Escher in a new light during Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018

One of the most popular artists of the 20th century, Escher dared to be different, and was a master at creating art out of impossible situations and optical illusions. The exhibition ‘Escher’s Journey’, at the Museum of Friesland, begins in 1898, when Escher was born in Leeuwarden’s city palace – a building now transformed into The Princessehof Ceramics Museum. From his Dutch origins, Escher then travelled to the sun and mountains of the Mediterranean in Italy, and it’s in this part of the exhibition that visitors can admire his images of Italian villages and dark illustrations of Rome at night. During these years Escher first started to experiment with unusual and unique perspectives, and after returning to Holland from Italy, processed his experiences into complex, mathematical images and impossible worlds. The iconic works that brought Escher fame and adoration are the highlight at the end of the journey.

A ground-breaking exhibition at Leeuwarden’s Museum of Friesland

The home of the temporary Escher exhibition in 2018 is the bold, open-plan Museum of Friesland. Featuring a giant protruding roof elevated 25 meters from the ground and an imposing glass façade, it’s a fascinating artistic and cultural expression in itself. It’s also the perfect base from which to venture out into the expansive Frisian landscape, or to explore more of the region’s capital, Leeuwarden.  

In addition to the major exhibition of his work, from 26 January 2018 the Museum of Friesland will present the exhibition ‘Phantom Limb: Art Beyond Escher’, with impressive installations by contemporary national and international artists. These installations mislead viewers and take them into a world where nothing is what it seems. The objective observation of reality is called into question, much as Escher did with his work. In addition, under the rubric ‘Planet Escher’, the Museum is organizing projects in the province throughout the year, bringing together various groups within the community, with Escher as a binding factor.

Take part in the Royal Frisian program at Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018

This ground-breaking exhibition is part of Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018’s Royal Frisian program (named after the Royal Friesian horse breed), shedding light on the region’s most famous sons and daughters. Escher, by traveling the world while sharing his art, perfectly exemplifies how Friesland’s cultural influence spread across Europe and further out into the world.

We recommend: Fans of M.C. Escher’s work can’t afford to miss Escher in the Palace in The Hague. This former royal palace is now a permanent showcase of the spellbinding artistic creations by Escher, immersing young and old visitors alike in his work.

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Escher’s Journey
Wilhelminaplein 92
8911BS Leeuwarden

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