Open March 2022
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.
Swap Talk is a social story project in which we build a collection of ‘human books’ – people with a wish to share their personal story with visitors in a one-to-one conversation.
At a time when algorithms determine much of our view on the world, we think it’s important to remain curious and open towards each other.
We facilitate meetings between people who want to exchange ideas about various social topics with someone outside their own circle. Contributors to the living book collection participate as a volunteer. Het HEM offers the opportunity for them to share their story, in turn inspiring others to further reflect and develop. Visitors do not have to pay for Conversation Swap.
Every season, Het HEM organises a Swap Talk on-loan day, during which visitors can borrow the living books. The participating books experiment with narrative forms that tie in with the theme and the artworks of the Chapters. The first Swap Talk takes place on June 30 and deals with the issues around young people, Hip Hop, learning-by-doing, and discrimination. See our Facebook event for more information (Dutch language only).