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.
With his works of art – often a mix between installation and performance – Dries Verhoeven is a welcome guest at international theatre festivals. His creations are visually overwhelming but also disruptive to look at. Verhoeven explores the boundaries between visual art and theatre and also likes to sharpen the relationship between spectator and performer.
Verhoeven’s Broeders verheft u ter vrijheid depicts our future as working people. We live in a time where robots and forms of AI are taking over more and more work. The exhibition space seems to have turned into a grand apocalyptic distribution center, with people as stowaways. Verhoeven works for this production with performers from Bulgaria who have experience as labour migrants. Are they calling for resistance? Will there be a resurgence of the labour movement, or should we accept the inevitable automation? The result is as disruptive as it is impressive. A requiem for the worker.
Part 2 of 'Broeders' consists of an exhibition in West Den Haag. This former U.S. Embassy building is also the residence of the performers during the tour. Until 15 August the exhibition can still be visited, and includes a.o. the documentary 'The recruitment' and the video work 'To perform'.
“The beauty of all his work is that he brings big, complicated themes back to its essence. On the one hand, it is confrontational, but it also shows compassion for its subject." “It is a beautiful dystopian image.” – de Volkskrant
"Eye-catcher of the opening weekend of SPRING Utrecht." – NRC
"The beauty of the singing robot ballet lingers in my mind. [...] The scenes keep beckoning like sirens." – Theaterkrant