Legacy of Aat Veldhoen: Donated Works by His Heirs

When the Amsterdam-based artist Aat Veldhoen passed away in 2018 (November 1, 1934 – December 9, 2018), he left behind an extensive and remarkable collection of artworks, some of which remained in his studio and sculpture garden on Wittenburgergracht in Amsterdam. Following his passing, Veldhoen’s eight children generously donated a significant portion of his estate to various museums. Even before these donations, Veldhoen’s work was already held in high regard by institutions like the Rijksmuseum, the Amsterdam Museum, and the Rembrandt House. These contributions not only added to but also completed existing collections.

Among the donations were over 500 Polaroid photos gifted to the Rijksmuseum, almost finalizing the museum’s compilation of Veldhoen’s photographic works, which now total around 4500 Polaroids. Additionally, three cameras that Veldhoen had used during his lifetime were included in the donation, along with the artist’s sketchbooks and several drawings.

The Rembrandt House Museum received close to 170 graphic works, significantly enhancing its already extensive collection. With this donation, the museum now boasts the entirety of Veldhoen’s graphic oeuvre, encompassing etchings, lithographs, and rotaprints.

The City Archives welcomed nearly 70 drawings depicting Amsterdam and its inhabitants, including portraits of notable literary and artistic figures. Veldhoen’s personal archive also found a home in the City Archives.

The Maritime Museum Amsterdam(Scheepvaart museum) received nine pieces themed around boat refugees, including a notable bronze sculpture.

Meanwhile, the Amsterdam Museum was enriched with 26 paintings, drawings, and objects, featuring portraits of Amsterdam residents, cityscapes, and various artifacts.

Museum Beelden aan Zee received three bronze sculptures.

Lastly, the Bommel Van Dam Museum received 14 oil paintings and a sculpture, while the Tot Zover Museum received 33 drawings, paintings, and objects.

Through these generous donations, Veldhoen’s children fulfilled their promise to ensure their father’s work remained accessible to the public even after his passing. The heirs take pride and joy in knowing that this cherished and remarkable body of work has found its rightful place in the world.