The Huizinga Collection

The public owes it to the Westphalian collector Gert Huizinga that all these art treasures are included in the inventory of the Pablo Picasso Art Museum in Münster. The former graphic designer studied at the Landeskunstschule (State Art School) in Hamburg. Following his art training, he set up shop as a commercial artist in his home town of Lengerich and at the beginning of the fifties he acquired his first Picasso, a lithograph. Huizinga’s acquaintance with Picasso's former partner Marie Thérèse Walter resulted in his concentrating from then on on collecting Picasso lithographs. His encounter and later friendship with Picasso's printer, Fernand Mourlot, in Paris made it possible for Gert Huizinga to obtain further works, and in particular some very rare state prints, for his collection in the seventies.

With their collection steadily growing, the idea came to Jutta and Gert Huizinga to part with their art treasure and make it accessible to the public at large. In May 1997 they therefore ceded their collection to a foundation with the Sparkassenverband Westfalen-Lippe, the WestLB AG and the Westfälische Provinzial-Versicherung as its sustainers. The collection Huizinga is the most complete collection known of Picasso’s lithographs.