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.
Die Jagd / The Hunt (1992–97)
Die Jagd / The Hunt, 1992–97
1:11 minutes, Video (VHS)
Before visitors enter the large exhibition space of Het HEM, they encounter the video The Hunt by Christian Jankowski. Driven by his primitive instincts, the artist goes hunting for his daily groceries in the supermarket. Equipped with a bow and arrow he heroically captures vegetables, fruit and an entire chicken wrapped in plastic. Until his quest to get close to nature is met with the unconcerned gaze of the checkout assistant, who nevertheless makes him pay for his trophies. The artwork forms a comical anecdote at the start of the exhibition and is a reflection of the small conflicts some of us feel when we walk through the supermarket. Did this pig have a joyful life? Does this tomato contain the nutritional value we need? And how do I move through life in a pure and honest way when I have so little grip on the actions of the big corporations that develop these products?