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Impossible Spaces Masterclass by La Trobe University

  • National Gallery of Victoria 180 Saint Kilda Road Southbank, VIC, 3006 Australia (map)

Early bird offer!

Register for the 2-Day Masterclass by Sunday 10 February 2019 to receive your complimentary 'Escher x nendo | Between Two Worlds' book, valued at $49.95.*

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This masterclass brings together NGV Curators and experts from La Trobe University’s Art Institute to unpack the complexities of merging the worlds of Escher and nendo.

Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo is the first major Australian exhibition to feature the extraordinary work of Dutch artist M.C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo. This summer blockbuster exhibition creates a visionary and immersive exhibition that seamlessly presents the worlds of both Escher and nendo.

Masterclass participants will gain rare insights into the exhibition development, design and presentation as they hear directly from the creative team at the NGV, onsite. Academics will speak about the challenges of traversing time and translating Escher’s now historic imagined spaces into tangible experiences in the contemporary world. Artist led masterclasses will extend this immersive experience by challenging participants to experience Escher’s world through hands-on 2-D and 3-D creative production inspired by nendo.

Participants can register for the full 2-day masterclass experience or simply purchase a lecture pass.



Known for his drawings and prints of impossible, paradoxical spaces, Escher explored notions of infinity, reflection, and symmetry. Traversing the disciplines of art, mathematics, science, and poetry, his puzzling prints and drawings have become some of the most iconic images of the twentieth century.

Throughout the day, curators who work intimately with Escher’s creations will guide participants into his world. Lectures will elucidate the challenges of bringing his impressive oeuvre to contemporary audiences. Then, the ideas touched on in the lectures will be expounded through the process of making new imaginary spaces in anartist-led masterclass.




As one of the leading design studios in the world, nendo draw upon their unique design approach to transcend tradition; by manipulating geometry, space and perception they create a deeply immersive exhibition experience inspired by M.C. Escher.

Beginning with an exclusive tour, day two focusses on exhibition design. The day’s masterclass will follow the lead of nendo: translating ideas on paper into real three-dimensional structures. This process will be further unpacked in a panel discussion where experts across the spectrum of exhibition development, delivery and engagement will elucidate the process of reinterpreting art objects though curatorial and design decisions.


*Complimentary books available for Impossible Spaces Masterclass registrations only, available until 10 February 2019 or until stocks last

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