Gielijn Escher (1945) has been designing and collecting posters for fifty years. In the summer of 2012 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen showed a combined survey of Escher’s own posters and a selection from his collection.
From June 2 2012 the museum exhibited a selection of approximately sixty posters by Gielijn Escher (1945). The display was 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 published 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 the summer of 2012. From July 2012 the museum’s new displays of its Design Collection were opened in several phases. In addition, the museum began the serie Design Column, highlighting current developments in Dutch design. Also you could visit a presentation of the work by textile designer Frans Dijkmeijer and an exhibition of Finnish glass by Cor and Sjoukje de Wit.