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Gielijn Escher - Living for posters

from June 2 2012 until September 30 2012

Exhibition overview. Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Exhibition overview. Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Exhibition overview. Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Exhibition overview. Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Gielijn Escher, Poster Festival of Fools, 1982, silk-screen print Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Gielijn Escher, Poster The cat in advertising, exhibition in the KattenKabinet, 1994, silk-screen print Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Gielijn Escher, New Years greetings 1999, offset Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Gielijn Escher, Poster Applause for the folding chair, exhibition in the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam, 2010, silk-screen print Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Gielijn Escher, Poster Ludwig Hohlwein, Marco Polo fee, ca 1920-25, lithography Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Gielijn Escher, Poster Lucian Bernhard, Stiller, 1908, lithography

Gielijn Escher (1945) has been designing and collecting posters for fifty years. This summer Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing a combined survey of Escher’s own posters and a selection from his collection.

From June 2 the museum is exhibiting a selection of approximately sixty posters by Gielijn Escher (1945). The display is complemented by sixty posters from Escher’s collection of German posters by artists including Lucian Bernhard, Hans Rudi Erdt and Ludwig Hohlwein. To coincide with the exhibition, Uitgeverij De Buitenkant is publishing a book on Escher’s work with an essay by Mienke Simon Thomas, curator of applied arts and design at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Designer and collector

At the age of seventeen, Gielijn Escher decided to become a poster designer. His passion for collecting began very early. At the age of six he began collecting orange wrappers and labels from orange crates. Four years later he started his, now vast, collection of posters.

Gielijn Escher studied in at the Institute for Applied Arts Education (IvKNO), the forerunner of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam the 1960s. He has made announcements for dance and theatre performances, concerts and exhibitions. Typical of Escher’s independent vision was that he also had great admiration for more commercial designers such as Frans Mettes and Cor van Velsen. In the early 1970s Escher discovered the work of early-twentieth-century designer Lucian Bernhard and his contemporaries. Since then, Bernhard’s very simple and highly stylised Sachplakate have been a great source of inspiration for the designer.

Design in Boijmans

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is the Dutch podium for national and international design talent. Since 2011 the museum has presented a range of exciting design exhibitions as part of the programme ‘Design in Boijmans’. There is also a wealth of design on display in this summer. From July the museum’s new displays of its Design Collection will be opened in several phases. In addition, the museum is beginning the serie Design Column, highlighting current developments in Dutch design. Also you can visit a presentation of the work by textile designer Frans Dijkmeijer and an exhibition of Finnish glass by Cor and Sjoukje de Wit.