Het HEM is reopening Chapter 3HREE Maarten Spruyt from June 27th on. The exhibition can be visited on the last weekend of June, all weekends in July and the first weekend in August on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm until 8pm.
Thanks to the generous donations made to our ‘Shoot Us With Love!’ crowd funding campaign we can re-open our doors to Chapter 3HREE Maarten Spruyt to the public. Most of the exhibited artists have been so charitable to leave their works for a period longer. Unfortunatelly th works from Ivana Basic and Cyprien Guillard are no longer exhibited here. It is necessary to make a time slot reservation for Chapter 3HREE via our ticket page.
If we succeed in finding sufficient structural support, we will resume our own programme in 2021 and return in March with Chapter 4OUR and 5IVE, in collaboration with Simon(e) van Saarloos and Rem Koolhaas / Samir Bantal respectively.
Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
What is important now is to recover our sensesSusan Sontag
In the influential essay Against Interpretation (1964) Susan Sontag criticises the tendency for art to be primarily judged on the basis of intellectual interpretation. A work of art generates its own mode of under¬standing, which encompasses more than statements based on analysis and content. In fact, searching for symbolic meaning and metaphors can actually trivialise the intrinsic quality, the character of the art. ‘What is important now,’ says Sontag, ‘is to recover our senses. We must learn to see more, to hear more, to feel more.’
Chapter 3HREE Maarten Spruyt shows the work of 27 artists and takes the impressive architecture of Het HEM as a starting point. A large part of the experience-focused presentation takes place in the underground shooting ranges of the former bullet factory where visitors enter the space one by one. In the basement, the literal lack of view provides a unique context for a layered world of experience at a radically sensitive level.
A centuries-old artistic theme shines through in the works of art themselves: the human desire to come closer to nature, by curbing it or even destroying it. Now that the separation between culture and nature that Western thought has produced seems to be slowly but surely becoming diluted, we are looking for new ways to grasp our relationship to the world. How do we find a grip on a planet that is irreversibly changed by the influence of our behaviour? How can we feel reconnected to our environment? And can letting go of an analytical, contemplative attitude and immersing ourselves in experience offer solace in this?
Already at a young age, Spruyt was able to convey moods in spherical images. After study-ing fashion design at Akademie Vogue in Amsterdam, he became one of the first professio-nal stylists in the Dutch fashion industry. Spruyt's first major exhibition, Woman by, was made together with designer Roosje Klap in the Centraal Museum Utrecht (2003). This was followed by exhibitions in leading Dutch museums and institutions, including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Kunstmuseum Den Haag.
He recently developed the presentation Rothko and Ik (2019) for Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and worked at the Kröller-Muller Museum on the exhibition Als kunst je lief is (2018-19).