Collection AMC

The Academic Medical Center (AMC) is one of the Netherlands' eight university medical centres and is considered one of the best in its field internationally. The AMC's three main duties are care, research and education.
The AMC offers two university courses: medicine and medical informatics (informatics in a medical context). It also provides higher vocational training for nurses and is involved in various advanced nursing courses. For more information (in Dutch), see



The AMC's art collection focuses on fine art from the Netherlands since 1945. The collection contains 6,000 works that provide an overview of Dutch postwar art history from the CoBrA movement to the present. The numerous renowned artists represented include Karel Appel, Constant Nieuwenhuys, Jan Schoonhoven, Armando, Ger van Elk, Jan Dibbets, J.C.J. van der Heyden, Robert Zandvliet, Roy Villevoye, Carel Visser, Marlene Dumas, Marc Mulders, Elspeth Diederix, Jacqueline Hassink and Guido van der Werve.
The AMC actively commissions works of public art. In recent years, artists have included Elspeth Diederix, Roy Villevoye, Jan van der Ploeg, Jacqueline Hassink, Floris van Manen, Vincent Zedelius, Merijn Bolink and Scarlett Hooft Graafland.

The AMC does not use its collection for commercial purposes but, first of all, to make public spaces more pleasant.The collection also plays an informativeand educational role, allowing "users" of the AMC to learn about contemporary art in unexpected places. Finally, it helps the AMC to profile itself: art offers a way for the institution to distinguish itself nationally and internationally.

The AMC houses the largest permanently exhibited collection of post-1945 fine art from the Netherlands. Its foundations were laid during building in the early 1980s, when the so-called one-percent regulation enabled a series of carefully chosen art commissions and purchases. The goal was to build a collection that would reflect the various movements in postwar Dutch art. Over the years, the collection has been augmented with numerous gifts, works on longterm loan, and purchases. In addition to approximately 6,000 paintings, photographs and works on paper, the AMC collection contains a large number of monumental objects and videos.


From the collection
Marlene Dumas

Untitled, 1994
indian ink and water colour on paper
82 x 67 cm

Collections November 21, 2019
Nieuwe kunstcatalogus AMC
Een gebouw dat kunst ademt
Collections November 21, 2019
AMC komt met speciale catalogus editie
Collections June 24, 2019
Anook Cléonne
AMC Brummelkamp Galerie
Collections February 19, 2019
tentoonstelling Nieuwe aanwinsten
AMC Brummelkamp Galerie
Collections January 3, 2019
Michela Segato
De Vitrines in het AMC
Collections November 21, 2018
Jan Hoek
AMC Brummelkamp Galerie
Collections July 12, 2018
Sujata Majumdar
AMC Brummelkamp Galerie
Collections May 17, 2018
Vera Gulikers
AMC Brummelkamp Galerie
Collections March 28, 2018
Kim Boske
AMC Brummelkamp Galerie
In summary

Collection title
Collection AMC

Sabrina Kamstra (Hoofd Kunstzaken), Edith Overzet (Kunstbeheerder)

Head office

Art collection locations

Number of art works

Launch year

paintings, drawings, prints, photography, video and site-specific installations

Focus of collection
Contemporary fine art by Dutch and Netherlands-based artists from the period since 1945. Public artworks are actively commissioned. The collection also contains video works by international artists.

Guided tours
Guided art tours are available for a fee for groups of 20 people or fewer.  


Art collection website

AMC Collectie, Vijftien stromingen in Nederlandse schilderkunst na 1945 uit de collectie van het Academisch Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam, 1989 E.M.H. van Doorn, W.H.Brummelkamp
AMC Kunstboek/AMC Art Boek, Sabrina Kamstra, Simon Knepper, Johan Kortenray, Amsterdam, 2003, Amsterdam University Press
I am a bird, Amsterdam, 2009, (verschenen bij gelijknamige tentoonstelling) Sabrina Kamstra, Henk van Os, Titia Voûte
Hans Eijkelboom, NAI uitgevers, Goede Bedoelingen en modern wonen, fotonotities over de Bijlmer, 2010
Sabrina Kamstra, Joke van Saarloos en Arjan van der Zee, Aaibaar beton, dertig jaar bouwontwikkeling in het AMC , 2011  

Exposition space
Besides exhibiting its public art collection, the AMC operates three gallery spaces:
- AMC Brummelkamp Galerie: Temporary exhibitions of works by artists whose work is or will be part of the AMC's collection are held here six times a year. For an overview of recent shows (in Dutch)
- De Vitrines: Young and established artists and designers show their work here in approximately five exhibitions a year.
- Q-art:  Two large vitrines in the outpatient clinic provide space for artists to exhibit installations for six months.  

Each year, an artist’s multiple is commissioned for the series The human form in conjunction with the AMC’s annual public medical lecture, The Anatomy Lesson. Prints are available through Site-specific works for renovated and new buildings have been commissioned from artists including Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Merijn Bolink, Hans Eijkelboom, Roy Villevoye, Jan van de Ploeg and Thomas Elshuis.

Works on loan
- Koen Vermeule, After Seurat 2002, Rijks Museum Twente, Enschede, 2012
- Teun Hocks, No title 2008, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, 2011
- Charlotte Mutsaerts, La Belle et la Bête 1993, Venetiaanse Gaanderijen, Oostende, België, 2010
- Micha Patiniott, The full story 2009, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, 2010
- Gijs Frieling, Chesnut -tree blossom 1998, Cobra Museum Amstelveen, 2009