Isala art collection

Isala is a large top clinical hosptial in Zwolle. The hospital contains 775 beds and there are 5407 employees. At the Isala everything hinges on providing  eminent care. Patients are our guests and they often  experience hard, emotional times. Isala offers more than basic care. In the course of the past years we were assigned more and more specialized top clinical activities. Heart and neuro surgery are repesented in the Isala.



With a relatively small budget the Isala has been collecting contamporary works of art over many decades. Special attention is given to new promising talent. Almost all disciplines of contemporary art are represented in the collection. In 2013 the Isala moved into a brand-new building. Van Huut Architects designed a building in the organic style. All characteristic features of the style are present. A large part of the collection has found its place in the new building. Many works of art of the collection are exhibited in the outdoor area. In the oncoming years the collection will continually be enlarged. 

Art policy
The Isala art committee is very active. We purchase art of eminent quality, which corresponds with the architecture and adds something to the experience of patients, their families and the employees of the hospital. Works of art are purchased from professional artists working mainly in The Netherlands.

Some years ago there were two hospitals in Zwolle. At the end of the nineties it was decided to merge both hospitals. The two hospitals had their own art committee. After the merge the committees were united. This was the start of a new art policy. There was an art collection in both hospitals, containing about 1200 works of art. It was impossible to exhibit this number in the new building. This implied a thorough selection. At the moment about 450 objects are exhibited in the new hospital. There is still enough room to enlarge the collection with new works of art in the future.  



From the collection
Herman Lamers

The guardian angel, 2013
glass statue
250 x 125 x 125 cm

In summary

Collection title
Isala art collection

Hans Damink (Art co-ordinator), Peter Bloembergen (Chairman art committee)

Head office

Art collection locations
The collection is to be found at the venues in Kampen and Zwolle

Number of art works
At the moment the collection consists of about 450 works of art.

Launch year

All disciplines are represented in the collection.

Focus of collection
Contemporary Dutch art

Guided tours
There are no guided tours    


Art collection website


  • Have a better look, publication going with the exposition at the Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, 2000
  • Isala and art , publication going with the exposition at Museum De Fundatie in Zwolle, 2007

External presentations

  • Have a better look, Stedelijk Museum Zwolle (2000)
  • Isala and art , Museum De Fundatie in Zwolle (2007)