A blockbuster exhibition featuring more than 160 prints and drawings by Dutch artist M.C. Escher is coming to the National Gallery of Victoria as part of its Spring/Summer 2018/19 season, the gallery has announced. The world-premiere exhibition Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo will see Escher’s works presented in an immersive environment created by Japanese design studio nendo.

M.C. Escher, NGVM.C. Escher’s Relativity © The M.C. Escher Company, The Netherlands. All rights reserved

Escher, who is best known for his optical illusions and whimsical buildings, created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century, such as his famous Relativity, which features a room of ‘impossible’ staircases. Escher’s works will be presented within a deeply immersive Escher-inspired exhibition experience created by Japanese design studio nendo.

M.C. Escher, NGVM.C. Escher’s Day and Night © The M.C. Escher Company, The Netherlands. All rights reserved

“National Gallery of Victoria’s Spring/Summer season for 2018/19 reflects our commitment to presenting a dynamic and full program for our diverse audiences,” the gallery’s director Tony Ellwood said. “At the heart of this program is the never-before-seen exhibition, Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo, which will showcase the consummate skill and unique vision of both artist and designer. Conceptualised by the NGV, this exhibition further cements the Gallery’s reputation as a destination for both art and design in our region.

Nendo, M.C. Escher, NGVOki Sato, Designer, nendo. Photo  © Ko Sasaki

Presented alongside Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo will be a program of events and exhibitions throughout spring and summer at NGV International and NGV Australia, including major solo exhibitions by Australian photographer Polly Borland, Britain’s Julian Opie (created specifically for the NGV International’s gallery and garden spaces) Hito Steyerl’s video installation Factory of the Sun, which was first shown at the 2015 German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, and an exhibition of work by American artist William Wegman.


Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo is at NGV International in Melbourne from December 2 to April 7, 2019.

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