The art collection of the VU has grown by acquisitions, art assignments and gifts. The collection contains about 1200 works in various media and provides an overview of important artistic and social developments since the late '70s. Artworks of Carel Visser, Cornelis Rogge, Tom Claassen, Philip Akkerman, Gé Karel van der Sterren, Isabelle Wenzel and Jan Banning are part of the VU Collection.
Since 2016 VU University Amsterdam aspires to a distinctive and relevant art policy by bringing together current artistic research and scientific research. Science investigates reality by interpreting and objectifying data. Art mirrors the human, subjective experience of reality. The combination of knowledge and experience leads to insight into ourselves and the world around us.
When VU University moved from the city center to Buitenveldert in 1967, the Executive Board ordered a committee to bring art to the campus. The Exposorium committee organized exhibitions, mediated in art commissions and set up an art loan system. Because of the freedom that prevailed, the VU was seen as a platform for experiment and innovation.