12 January 2010 | Amsterdam – Paris

Ger Luijten, head of the Rijksprentenkabinet (the State Print Room, a department of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam) has been appointed the new director of the Fondation Custodia. He will succeed Mària van Berge-Gerbaud, who will retire on 1 May 2010. The Fondation Custodia, a Swiss foundation based in Paris, is closely linked to the Netherlands Institute in Paris. It is a prestigious institution housing an important Dutch collection of old master drawings, as well as prints and paintings, formed by the late Frits Lugt. For more information see their website.

Before Ger Luijten came to the Rijksmuseum in 1990, where he was chief curator of prints until his appointment as head in 2001, he worked for Hollstein and was assistant curator of prints in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Among his publications are From Pisanello to Cézanne. Master Drawings from the Museum Bijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (with Bram Meij, exhib.cat. 1990-91), Mirror of Everyday Life: Genre Prints in the Netherlands 1550-1700 (with E. de Jongh, 1997), Rembrandt the Printmaker (with Erik Hinterding and Martin Royalton-Kisch, exhib.cat. 2000). He was co-organiser of the great exhibition Anthony van Dijck as a Printmaker (Antwerp 1999) and the Goltzius exhibition (2003). During the 21st convention in Dreden in June 2008, Ger Luijtenwas chosen the new President of the International Advisory Committee of Keepers of Public Collections of Graphic Art, in short the 50 Lux Club, as successor of Marzia Faietti.

Delineavit et Sculpsit congratulates Ger Luijten on his appointment and wishes him a lot of success in this new position.