Design and Fashion in the Museum
August 2012

Frans Dijkmeijer & Gielijn Escher

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has been organising design exhibitions, large and small, as part of the ‘Design in Boijmans’ programme since 2011. This summer you can see exhibitions by poster designer and collector Gielijn Escher and the work of textile designer Frans Dijkmeijer.

Exhibition view Frans Dijkmeijer, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg
Exhibition view Frans Dijkmeijer, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg

Frans Dijkmeijer
In the design of his textiles, the hand of Frans Dijkmeijer (1936-2011) is characterised by his fascination with new structures that arise from the construction of the weaves and the yarns. In his quest for textile innovations, Dijkmeijer drew inspiration from a number of recurring themes. For example, by way of experimentation the artist arrived at a beautiful, white honeycomb cloth. Another experiment involved varying the stripes, colour progression and the effect of shadow. To quote Dijkmeijer, ‘It’s really difficult to produce a stripe that bears no resemblance to another.’ A third modification resulted in a crêpe weave. All these themes are present in the exhibition. Frans Dijkmeijer talks about how he designed his textiles in this ARTtube video.

The ‘Frans Dijkmeijer - A Life in Weaving’ exhibition continues through 30 September 2012. The textiles in this presentation were produced by the renowned Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat. Designer Bertjan Pot (b. 1975) devised the exhibition layout.


Exhibition view Gielijn Escher, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg

Gielijn Escher
The first poster designed by Gielijn Escher (b. 1945) was printed precisely 50 years ago. Since then he has produced hundreds of designs for theatre and dance companies, orchestras and museums. Escher’s posters are striking for their arresting design, attractive colours and perfectly crafted execution.

The posters designed by Gielijn Escher himself can be seen in one part of the gallery; the other section shows a selection from the collection of posters that the artist has been amassing since he was 10 years old. With a few thousand specimens, his poster collection is now one of the biggest in the Netherlands. Here Escher presents a selection of posters from Germany.

Besides being a designer and collector of posters, Gielijn Escher personally pasted up posters in the city. As an ‘unauthorised fly-poster’, but later also legally, the artist elevated bill-posting to a veritable art form. The ‘Gielijn Escher - Living for Posters’ exhibition was designed by Escher himself.