Escher Museum in The Hague
The Escher Museum or Escher in het Paleis is located in the former Lange Voorhout Palace in The Hague. For those who do not know him, M. C. Escher was a brilliant Dutch graphic artist known for his mathematically inspired works.
The museum displays woodcuts from the period when he was a student in Haarlem, landscape drawings from his period in Italy, works from the period he was obsessed with tessellations and the drawings where perspective and distortion are the main subjects. His last works with absurd images, impossible perspectives, and visual illusions had a close relation with mathematics and made him famous.
There are some rooms in the palace dedicated to Queen Emma who bought the palace in 1896 to use as a winter palace. The Dutch Royalty used the palace until 1991 when it was sold to the municipality of The Hague.
I must confess that I expected much more of this museum and I can’t explain exactly why. I think Escher’s work could inspire a much more creative environment than just a place where much of his work is cataloged and displayed. It’s true that there are some interactive activities in the museum but in my opinion, it only gives you a glimpse of how fun it could be if there were more.
All this being said, I still recommend a visit to the ones who admire Escher’s work. It was nice to see his process of creation and learn about his life.
More information about the museum in http://www.escherinhetpaleis.nl/
Here is a beautiful documentary about M.C. Escher