Kunstgalerie Parkhotel de Wiemsel

In a historic country house on the edge of our hotel park, we offer our guests a small exclusive and very diverse collection of contemporary art from all over the world, from paintings to graphics to sculptures.

Henning J. Claassen, owner of the Parkhotel de Wiemsel, has been an enthusiastic art collector for over 40 years and founded the "Galerie im Alten Kaufhaus" in his home town Lüneburg 10 years ago. Now the guests of the Parkhotel can also enjoy the extraordinary collection in a private atmosphere.

The Collection

In addition to the hyperrealistic, life-size sculpture "Reunion" by the Australian Sam Jinks, the gallery offers a broad spectrum of works by well-known and less well-known international artists such as Ackermann, Bryan, Christo, Feng, Giacometti, Penck, Ramos, Szczesny, Vasarely, Wesselmann, Warhol and many others. 

As a special service we have created a small gallery guide for our guests. This way you can easily walk from picture to picture and also inform yourself about the artist. You can purchase your personal gallery guide on site for 2,- Euro.
You can find a small extract here.

The Collector

Henning J. Claassen (HJC) was born in 1944 in Lüneburg/D, the son of a family of bakers who have been living here for four generations. He completed an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk and then studied Economics and Psychology in Los Angeles/USA. After returning from the USA, he went into business for himself at the age of 27 and founded a number of successful companies over the years. In addition to his professional career, HJC became interested in contemporary art at an early age and began collecting paintings and sculptures of the 20th and 21st centuries. His passion for travelling and art led him and his wife to Ootmarsum a few years ago. Her then favourite hotel "De Wiemsel" unfortunately went insolvent in 2013. The enthusiasm for the place and the hotel was so big that HJC decided to buy the hotel, completely renovated it in 2015 and reopened it. And so with the "Kunstgalerie Parkhotel de Wiemsel" the circle for the passion for art in a very special place comes full circle.

Excerpts from the guestbook

  • "We really liked it, a gallery that you can enter easily and without hesitation. The exhibition is beautiful!"
  • "We really liked the selection, composition and type of presentation. This gallery has more atmosphere than many museums."
  • "Absolutely fantastic and inspiring. It was worth it...finally culture again!"
  • "A gift for eye and soul."
  • "Congratulations on this exhibition! A tour in a so far not experienced private ambience!"

Art and pleasure

An art gallery for you all on your own, as a start of an unforgettable evening, perhaps for a special occasion? In the evening from 5:30 p.m. the art gallery opens exclusively for you with a glass of champagne and a delicious Amuse Guele for 29.00 € per person. Of course you can also use the art gallery for festive occasions in an extraordinary setting with friends or business partners. For that special moment that remains unforgettable.