open Fri–Sun, 12–24h
Art is our first language. Throughout the year, Het HEM presents a range of temporary art programmes as well as more permanent art installations.
Simon(e) van Saarloos
“We must bring about the end of the world as we know it.”
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.
Come by for a drink and a bite, wine and dine at our restaurant, or 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.
Floating somewhere between ceiling and floor, Hermit Palace 2100 has claimed its own space at Het HEM. It’s an object that seems as though it could be both body and house all at once, with a transparent skin of epoxy resin and fibreglass that glistens faintly when bathed in sunlight.
Hermit Palace 2100 is a prime example of the large-scale sculptures that Ad de Jong (Breda, 1953) uses to evoke physical experiences that make the body feel. These sculptures hang suspended in space, but they also have an almost otherworldly quality to them.
Rigid forms seem supple, weightless elements float, and the bright colours walk a fine line between cheerful and disconcerting.