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  • Writer's pictureErik Sadao

Escher's Enigma: Exploring the 'Other World' at The Kunstmuseum, The Hague

In the world of art, few names resonate with the enchanting allure of Maurits Cornelis Escher, a celebrated artist revered for his significant contributions to printmaking and advertising. Known for his mesmerizing tessellations, impossible constructions, and transformation prints, Escher's works continue to defy expectations, intertwining reality and illusion in ways that captivate the mind.

Currently on display at The Kunstmuseum in The Hague, the "Escher - Other World" exhibition offers a deep dive into the Dutch artist's distinctive and surreal world. The exhibition is on until September 10th and features one of the largest collections of Escher's works, complemented by pieces from various museums worldwide.

Each room in the museum transports you through different stages of Escher's life, allowing you to witness the evolution of his artistic vision. Born in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, in 1898, Escher's journey led him to Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium, where he honed his craft, creating evocative images that challenge our perception of space and reality.

To enhance the Escher experience, the exhibition includes stunning installations created by the talented duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. Their pieces, a beautiful synthesis of art and architecture, echo the paradoxical nature of Escher's work, taking you on a journey that blurs the boundaries between illusion and reality.

The Kunstmuseum building itself is an art-deco gem, inspired significantly by the De Stijl movement. Stepping into the museum is like entering a vision of the future as envisaged at the dawn of the 20th century, providing the perfect backdrop for Escher's boundary-defying creations.

In addition to the Escher exhibition, the museum showcases the largest collection of works by Mondrian and De Stijl artists. Its galleries also feature works by luminaries of the 20th-century art movements such as Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Kandinsky, Picasso, and numerous others, offering a rich, diverse experience of artistic expression.


Sapiens Travel's exploration of The Hague starts with a visit to the Dutch parliament and the Mauritshuis. This architectural marvel, designed by Jacob Van Campen for Maurice of Nassau - the governor of Dutch Brazil in the 17th century - is a testament to the city's rich historical past. As we progress towards The Kunstmuseum, we pass iconic landmarks such as the Royal Palace of Noordeinde and the International Court of Justice.

For families, we suggest complementing your visit with a trip to Madurodam, the world's largest miniature city, and Legoland, a delightful Danish park now extended to The Hague. Both attractions provide immersive experiences that would captivate both children and adults alike.

We invite you to delve into the captivating world of Escher, an artist whose innovative vision continues to inspire. Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in his artistic legacy at the Kunstmuseum, and let the world of Escher leave you questioning the nature of reality itself.


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