Het HEM is open from Thursday until Sunday from noon–midnight
Music Bar, Fri–Sat 6 pm–1 am
Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
The sculptures by Tony Matelli (1971, United States) are hyper-realistic and therefore alienating. The illusion of authenticity generates a surrealistic feeling of confusion and misplacement.
With its minuscule proportions, the bronze sculpture Weed #479 is both inconspicuous and attention arousing. The humble plant seems to cling to life in the most unlikely places. As undesirable as it is inextinguishable, the weeds in narrow cracks find just enough room for perseverance and a modest existence.