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24 April 2018

The world-premiere exhibition Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo is the centrepiece of the National Gallery of Victoria’s Spring/Summer 2018/19 season.

M.C. Escher Drawing Hands  © The M.C. Escher Company, The Netherlands. All rights reserved.

Detail: M.C. Escher, Drawing Hands © The M.C. Escher Company, The Netherlands. All rights reserved.

Featuring more than 160 extraordinary prints and drawings by Dutch artist M.C. Escher, presented in an immersive environment created by acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo, this exhibition intertwines the worlds of both artist and designer in a masterful and enigmatic visual presentation.

Celebrated as a master of optical illusion, Escher created some of the most iconic images of the twentieth century. Drawn from the world’s largest collection of Escher’s work in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, this expansive exhibition is the first major Australian presentation of the artist’s work and will cover the full span of the artist’s career, from 1916 through to his final work produced in 1969.

As one of the leading design studios in the world, nendo will draw upon their unique design approach to create a deeply immersive exhibition experience inspired by M.C. Escher. Through the ingenious manipulation of geometry, space and perception, nendo’s never-before-seen exhibition design will will transcend tradition and present Escher’s work in new and surprising contexts.

A highlight of Melbourne’s event calendar, the NGV Gala, a black-tie ball featuring art, fashion, music, fine wine and food, will coincide with the opening of the world-premiere exhibition, Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo, on 1 December 2018 at NGV International.

Presented alongside this Melbourne-exclusive exhibition will be a dynamic program of events, programs and exhibitions throughout spring and summer at NGV International and NGV Australia, including major solo exhibitions by Polly Borland, Julian Opie, Hito Steyerl and William Wegman.

Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo will be on display at NGV International from 2 December 2018 to 7 April 2019.

Visit National Gallery of Victoria for details