I wrote a short text about Otto and his collection:
Upon entering the home of Otto L. Schaap, it is immediately clear, this is the home of a passionate collector. The walls of the hallway present a beautiful selection of paintings and drawings from Otto’s collection, and every room in the house is filled with the extraordinary and diverse artworks that Otto has collected over the last several decades. Works of art are displayed on the walls, over the fireplace and even on the dinner table. Sometimes, when I have not visited the house for a while, I notice a change: a sculpture is suddenly displayed sideways, or a portrait on top of a cabinet has been moved a few centimetres to the right. Otto’s collection is always in motion, as it is constantly curated by a loving collector.
Otto’s love for art derived from his parents, who maintained a small collection of antiques and several 18th-century paintings. The family often visited museums as well. Otto’s collection has always been focused on contemporary art. He bought his first artwork in 1974, when friends from Utrecht visited him in Amsterdam. They were on their way to see an exhibition at gallery Petit, and they invited him to join. According to Otto, at this exhibition, he was immediately drawn to a work by the artist William Kuik, who later became known as Dirkje Kuik after a gender reassignment surgery in 1979. When Otto purchased the drawing, he did not yet know that he was at the start of several decades of serious collecting.