Friday, 28 January 2011

Escher in the Palace

M.C. Escher. Everyone knows of him and his artwork. What I didn't know before arriving in The Netherlands was that he was Dutch. And another thing I didn't know was there is a permanent exhibition of his work in a palace in The Hague. You can read more about Escher and the works on offer here.
There is some furniture scattered about the Palace still, and some photos to show you the rooms in their former glory. You can read more about The Lange Voorhout Palace here.
Other than the incredible works by Escher, and the luxurious setting of the palace there's another surprise. Each room has an incredible chandelier by Rotterdam artist Hans van Bentem.
It's quite hard to capture a man's life work. And especially when the work is all about incredible precision and detail. So I just have a few photo here to whet your appetite.
The exhibition also has some commercial work by Escher and sketches for Dutch bank notes he designed and entered in a completion, but his entry was unsuccessful.
This was my favourite piece. And by that I mean it's the one I'd hang on my wall. I just really love the forms and the grey tones.
Two more details from pieces that also stuck out for me. The The bottom snake one was his last work. There are two video presentations in the exhibition, they're short, informative and well worth watching.
Here's the palace from the outside, and info: Escher in het Paleis, Lange Voorhout 74, The Hague. Entry €8. Museum card not valid.

After the museum we went to the left of the museum (if you're facing the museum) to a really surprisingly great restaurant. A little exy, but the quality was amazing. Club sandwiches were big, as was the omelet, but our mains of beef and steamed fish were quite modest. We had a starter of tuna and cockles and it was wonderful. Well worth a visit to: the Oker Restaurant, Denneweg 71, Den Haag. Tel: 070 3645453.

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