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 www.amc.nl.
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.
Sabrina Kamstra (Hoofd Kunstzaken), Edith Overzet (Kunstbeheerder)
Art collection locations
Number of art works
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 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
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 www.amc.nl/kunst. 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