Appointment of Ger Luijten as head of the Fondation Custodia

Ger Luijten
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28/1/10– Appointment–Paris, Fondation Custodia –Created in 1947 by the art historian Frits Lugt, the Fondation Custodia which is located inside the Institut Néerlandais in Paris, is both a very active research center (publications, exhibitions…) and a museum. Its holdings are made up of the Lugt collections (paintings, drawings, engravings, books and artists’ letters) to which the institution has added extensive acquisitions on a regular basis (and which we present on this site).

As of 1st June 2010, Ger Luijten will be its new director after having been appointed by the board of directors. Born in 1956, he is an art history graduate from Utrecht University. From 1987 to 1990 he was curator for the graphic arts cabinet room at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum before becoming head curator in the engravings department then, in 2001, head curator of the graphic arts department at the Rijksmuseum. He has been president of the International Advisory Committee of Keepers of Public Collections of Graphic Art since 2009. This is an association which assembles the world’s fifty most important collections of drawings and engravings every other year.
Ger Luijten will be replacing Maria van Berge-Gerbaud who directed the institution for sixteen years (and where she had been for 38) leaving behind an impressive track record. The Fondation Custodia is without a doubt one of the most active institutions in Paris today in the world of art history.

Didier Rykner, jeudi 28 janvier 2010

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