Escher X Nendo In Melbourne, Australia – When we in Melbourne, Australia. We went to 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. 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 transcend tradition and present Escher’s work in new and surprising contexts.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV said: ‘National Gallery of Victoria’s Spring/Summer season for 2018/19 reflects our commitment to presenting a dynamic and full program for our diverse audiences. At the heart of this program is the never-before-seen exhibition, Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo, which will showcase the consummate skill and unique vision of both artist and designer. Conceptualised by the NGV, this exhibition further cements the Gallery’s reputation as a destination for both art and design in our region.’

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said: ‘Victorians are once again set for a surprising, immersive and highly creative season of contemporary art and design this spring/summer.

‘The NGV continues to raise the bar – bringing together the work of some of the world’s best creative minds in fresh and exciting ways. With a full program of exhibitions, events and activities, there will be plenty more reasons to visit the NGV and enjoy the best of our creative state.’

Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo will be on display at NGV International until 7 April 2019.

M. C. Escher (1898–1972) was a Dutch graphic artist who made some of the most iconic prints of the twentieth century. His early life was spent in Italy, where he travelled extensively, drawing from nature and perfecting his technique. Escher and his family left Italy in 1935 due to the rise of fascism. This marked a shift in focus for the artist, from the external world to his inner, imaginary world. From this point he used his refined skills to explore the mysterious and paradoxical nature of space, time and human perception. His tessellations, optical illusions, impossible inventions and representations of infinity are at once serious and playful, and continue to inspire audiences of all ages.

Nendo is a design studio founded in 2002 by Oki Sato, one of the world’s most well-known and prolific designers. Based in Tokyo and Milan, nendo (meaning ‘clay’ in Japanese) designs graphics, products, furniture, installations and interiors that seek to surprise people in subtle, intelligent and playful ways. At the heart of the studio’s vision is simplicity, curiosity and craftsmanship. Nendo has presented exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Centre Pompidou in Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; and the Design Museum Holon in Israel.

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