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.