This season's public program is over
Our event spaces are available for rent.
Art is our first language. Throughout the year, Het HEM presents a range of temporary art programmes as well as more permanent art installations.
There is always music to listen to at Het HEM, with programmes focused on experimental ways to create, present and experience music in the building through listening sessions, live shows, and musical artis-in-residence initiatives.
We are closed at the moment. When we are open again you are welcome for a drink and a bite, wine and dine at our restaurant. With good wether we suggest you settle down on our sunny terrace on the Costa del Zaano.
Het HEM loves books. During your visit, come lose yourself in the library's rich selection or discover new favourites in the SANZ Shop.
Situated in a former munitions factory, Het HEM is a new home for contemporary culture.
The building's industrial design and our experimental art programme bring ambience and meaning to every event.
Dear friends, dear culture lovers, dear visitors of Het HEM,
I remember it like it was yesterday when I entered the gigantic building at Warmperserij 1 for the first time one October morning.
The door jammed, it was cold inside and there was the smell of steel throughout the building, but through the high windows the rays of sun lit up the hall like a cathedral. The potential of this place was immediately clear to me, and I took the opportunity to set up a new cultural centre.
In the months that followed, I invited countless artists and programme makers to explore the possibilities of the old factory building. I wanted to investigate what the ideal conditions were for them to create and present their work. It soon became clear that the raw building in itself was a great source of inspiration for them: the unpolished state in which we found the building offered artistic freedom. It thus offered artists a license to think trans-disciplinary and outside the box. Moreover, the charged history of the bullet factory formed a separate starting point to think about a future in which other values became central, such as pluralism, polyphony and inventiveness, without any guarantee of success.
We decided to open the doors as soon as possible so that the public could participate in the exploration of this new cultural centre. From June 2019 we organized many large-scale art events where diverse artistic disciplines came together, different communities met, and last but not least we experimented extensively. Many highlights followed: such as the installation by Nicolás Jaar in the 200-meter-long shooting range, and the concert by Lion Storm in the middle of the exhibition during Chapter 4OUR: Abundance. But there were also lows: concerts where our audiences had to sit in a room that was way too cold, or works of art that could not be shown at the very last moment because there was too much humidity.
After almost four years of experimentation, it's time for the next step. The building, which was mostly empty for almost ten years before the opening of Het HEM, is due for a large-scale renovation. We need to isolate, become more sustainable, and our public facilities are due for an upgrade. At the same time, we are taking advantage of the renovation to further expand the technical facilities for exhibitions, concerts, performances and night culture, while preserving the overall appearance. With the reopening of Het HEM in the autumn of 2024, a new, permanent phase will begin in which we will return with an even more ambitious, diverse and layered artistic program.
In the meantime, we won’t be sitting still. The programme team has already started developing projects in various locations, such as the Hembrug area, Amsterdam and internationally. In addition, an online platform is being developed to support the physical programme of Het HEM. For this platform, different artists are invited to develop digital work and we will work with international partner institutions on in-depth content about visual art, performance and music. Finally, we’re working on future exhibitions, including the sixth edition of our now well-known Chapter programme, with which we will reopen Het HEM in two years' time in a refurbished building.
But before that happens, we have one last weekend ahead of us. This Saturday, October 29, we will festively close our 2022 program year with A WHAT FOR EVERY WHEN, an unforgettable party that we are organizing in collaboration with Sandberg Institute. Also, our current two exhibitions Sweet Harmony - Out of the Underground and DETAIL can be visited for the last time this weekend.
I hope you'll join us this weekend to raise a glass to a great start and a promising future.
With warm regards, Kim Tuin Director Het HEM