This season's public program is over
Bakery Solinger is open and our event spaces are available for rent.
Art is our first language. Throughout the year, Het HEM presents a range of temporary art programmes as well as more permanent art installations.
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 Zanini or get a sandwich at Bakery Solinger. With good wether we suggest you 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.
Try to Turn the Winds (2021)
Try to Turn the Winds, 2021
1 x 0.8 x 1.5 meter, mixed materials
The installation by sound artist Cathy van Eck is located on the bank of the North Sea Canal, along the southern façade of Het HEM. Sounds of the wind emanate from two speakers. If you blow into the weathervane, the political wind turns. You hear speeches by figures of authority, such as Selwin Hart, Ursula von der Leyen, António Guterres or Sigrid Kaag, spoken with a sense of urgency, which gives the impression that they will immediately get to work and make a change. But if you blow the vane slightly too hard a storm breaks loose and all good intentions quickly drift away, or if you blow too mildly you hear an alarming sound and coal mining continues undisturbed. The installation gives the impression that we can bring about changes ourselves, but also makes us aware of the fragility of any solution.