he designer Nendo meets the Dutch artist Escher at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia and the outcome is the exhibition Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds.
Here, Nendo’s minimalist Japanese aesthetic interprets the 150 pieces by Maurits Cornelis Escher that are in turn, subdivided into nine different categories: the outcome is an evocative narrative that illustrates Escher’s most popular work as well as the many sketches that stress the artist’s meticulous attention to detail.
Without a doubt, Esher’s work alone is sufficient to create an evocative exhibition, although in this case Nendo’s exhibition display contributes the additional dramatic touch. Here, Escher’s impossible environments are in fact transformed into real rooms, in which visitors lose their bearings and stroll around in a surreal narrative that blurs the boundaries between spaces and the restraints of perspective.
The focal point of the entire exhibition is the archetypal house, a modular unit – chosen by Nendo – that is continuously repeated with images and animals as well as being three-dimensional manipulated according to Esher’s aesthetic. In fact, the Dutch artist generally begins from an idea and pushes it until its limit following different techniques, although complying with a logical-mathematical method. With this exhibition, Nendo tries to celebrate Escher’s logical thinking, processing and changing his intuitive and inspirational approach.
This is precisely the concept behind this extraordinary exhibition that blurs the boundaries between what’s real and imaginary, besides combining the style of these two artists: the endless staircases and the gravity-defying buildings are transformed into installations that help you understand Escher’s thought process and help you experience, step by step, his obsessions. Nendo’s poetical approach guides you though the itinerary as the museum is transformed into a sort of 3D projection of Escher’s ideas. Moreover, this exhibition was designed to be experienced by a visitor’s entire body and not solely by his eyes.
Where: The National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd., Melbourne, Australia
When: until the 7th April 2019