The NGV summer blockbuster has arrived with the arrival of Escher X nendo |Between Two Worlds on from 2 Dec to 7 April 2019.

Featuring the work of two extraordinary artists, Dutch Graphic Artist M. C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo, led by designer Oki Sato, the exhibition shows the different worlds each artists has brought into existence through their art.

Presenting works from iconic art leaders – one being one of the 20th century’s most recognisable artists and the other one of the 21st century most inventive designers - the exhibition will feature more than 150 of Escher’s most renowned prints and drawings from the collections Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, presented in an immersive exhibition space designed by nendo.

An acknowledged master of optical illusion, Escher created some of the most iconic images of the twentieth century which intrigue viewers with their visual puzzles and challenge established notions around space, time and the everyday world. Escher’s work depicts impossible architectural structures, endless staircases and seamless transformations of form and pattern. His fantastical constructions and repetitive infinity patterns reveal a technical and inventive genius that in recent years has become increasingly revered and celebrated.

Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds explores Escher’s unique artistic vision covering the full span of his career, from 1916 through to his final work produced in 1969. Highlights include some of Escher’s best-known works including Day and night, 1938, a woodcut representing light breaking over a Dutch landscape of exactly mirrored towns, fields and waterways, through to the masterpiece that was his final work, Snakes, 1969, created three years before his death in 1972 at age of 73. Other famous Escher works include Up and down, 1947, Drawing hands, 1948, Relativity, 1953, and Waterfall, 1961.

‘Escher’s logical, math-based ideas and interests have inspired nendo’s work process and served as a base for the creation of this exhibition design and new collection of works. The different installations vary in scale and in spatial impact, enabling the visitor to experience Escher’s world in a very physical way. It’s as if they are walking inside Escher’s mind, but seeing the exhibition through their own eyes,’ said Oki Sato, Chief Designer and Founder, nendo.

See art and math collide in Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds at the NGV International, more info here!


Location: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia.

Dates: 2 December 2018 – 7 April 2019

Times: Open daily – 10-5pm

Admission cost: Adult $28, Concession $24.50, Child (5–15 yrs) $10, Family (2 adults + 3 children) $65.

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