This special collection consists of the highest quality facsimile reprints of 16 of the most famous lithographs, woodcuts and drawings by the graphic artist M.C. Escher (1898 - 1972). Each copyright-protected image is printed in a limited edition of only 450, individually numbered and stamped with the authentication seal of the M.C. Escher Foundation.
In May 1956, M.C. Escher finished his lithograph Print Gallery. In a letter to his son Arthur he wrote about this lithograph:
"The odd print I told you about last time is finished, though not yet printed. I don't think I have ever done anything as peculiar in my life. Among other things, it shows a young man looking with interest at a print on the wall of an exhibition that features himself. How can this be? Perhaps I am not far removed from Einstein's curved universe".
In Escher's original work, he left a blank space in the center. See how this spiral was continued using the Droste Effect.
On November 16th 2002, a permanent exhibition of M.C. Escher works opened in the former palace of Queen Emma in the centre of the Hague. This building is named Escher In Het Paleis (Escher In The Palace) and will be used exclusively for exhibitions of works by M.C. Escher, drawn from the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and other collections.
In the opening exhibition, famous prints like Day and Night, Ascending and Descending, Belvédère and the various Metamorphoses andSelf-portraits are included, complemented by changing displays of selected personal documents, such as letters and photographs. In addition, the exhibition includes a spectacular Virtual Reality display, which will enable 30 visitors at a time to embark on a voyage of discovery through and within the work of M.C. Escher. Virtual reality helmets will give the illusion of freedom to walk inside an M.C. Escher print, while the interactive program will test their understanding and knowledge of his work.
For more information, please visit the official museum website.