The National Gallery of Victoria has an exciting opportunity to acquire Day and night 1938 by Dutch artist M. C. Escher for future generations to enjoy.
Day and night is one of Escher’s most iconic images and demonstrates his ingenious ability to play with form and illusion. The print shows both day and night breaking over a Dutch landscape of mirrored towns and waterways, as flocks of black and white birds cross flight paths, each gradually emerging from the changing shapes of the other. The birds also evolve out of the diamond-shaped fields of the landscape below in a remarkable feat of transformation and imagination. Day and night is a classic demonstration of Escher’s ability to create inventive compositions full of complexity and illusion.
Since the opening of Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds in December 2018, thousands of visitors have revelled in the works of Escher, experiencing his remarkable world of spatial illusion as interpreted by acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo. Day and night is an important acquisition for the NGV Collection and will be the first Escher print for the Gallery. With your support, we can share Escher’s legacy with Victorians and visitors for generations to come.
The Gallery’s holdings of prints and drawings is one of the great strengths of the NGV Collection and it will be significantly enhanced by the addition of this important work.
We warmly thank you for supporting this appeal and welcome donations of any amount to help make this acquisition possible. All donations of $2 and more are tax deductible. By making a tax deductible donation of $2500, supporters of the acquisition will join the NGV’s Annual Giving program.
If you are interested in making a significant gift, please contact Misha Agzarian, Associate Director, Fundraising, on 03 8620 2392 or [email protected]