Vrije Universiteit

  • Jan Banning
  • Isabelle Wenzel
  • Bas Princen
  • Philip Akkerman
 India Sushma Prasad
Open de Gallerij

India Sushma Prasad, 2003
80 x 80 cm

Vrije Universiteit — Jan Banning

  •  India Sushma Prasad

    India Sushma Prasad, 2003
    80 x 80 cm

  •  Paper

    Papier 1, 2010
    photo on paper, ed. 2/3
    150 x 110 cm

  • Cooling plant, Dubai

    Cooling plant, 2009
    photo, ed. 1/6
    125 x 155 cm

  • Self-portrait nr. 41, 198,
    tempera and oil on linen
    45 x 24 cm

VU Art collection


Academic research and education at VU is characterized by a high level of ambition, and encourages free and open communications and ideas. Only by exchanging ideas and knowledge we can understand the world we are living in. Therefore VU strives for inclusiveness and openness where different opinions can be exchanged. Our art policy contributes to this goal. Art makes us conscious of our own thoughts and ideas and makes us aware of other perspectives. It contributes to an open and investigative attitude that is needed to conduct science.

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.

Collection title
VU Art collection
Wende Wallert
Head office
Amsterdam, Zuidas
Art collection locations
Campus but mostly in main building
Number of art works
1200 of which more than 300 make up the main collection.
Launch year
all disciplines
Focus of collection
Contemporary artistic research in relation to scientific research
Guided tours

On request

  • Hendriekje Bosma/Yvonne van Ulden (assistent), Exposorium1967-2007, veertig jaar kunstbeleid op de VU, Amsterdam 2007
  • Hendriekje Bosma, Liseth van den Dungen, Helene van Fentener van Vlissingen(studentassistenten),Buitenveldert 1958-1998-2008, de ontwikkeling van een stadsdeel, Amsterdam 1998
  • Bert Jansen, (redactie Fieke Konijn/John Vrieze), Kunst op de campus, de uitvoering van de 1% regeling aan de Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam 1986
Exposition space

Two or three times a year the VU organizes presentations in which artistic and scientific research are combined. This can result in an exhibition but also other forms as a residency, performance symposium or digital presentation are possible, The goal is to involve the public in actual developments in art and science.

  • GET LOST, kunstroute over de Zuidas, met opkomende kunstenaars 22-6 t/m 22-9 2018
  • OPEN ZUIDAS, manifestatie Amsterdam Zuid/Zuidas,open ateliers, bedrijven, kunstroute, 25/26/27-10-2012
  • Life after planning, symposium Visuele Identiteit Zuidas Amsterdam, Vrije Ruimten Zuidas AIR: i.s.m. Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, Virtueel Museum Zuidas, Vrije Universiteit, 01-03-2011


Works on loan
  • Bas Princen, Cooling Plant Dubai, 2009, photo, 125 X 150 cm, ed. 1/6, "Rollercoaster, the image in the 21st century", Museum of the Image (MOTI), Breda, 2012
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