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.
Simon(e) van Saarloos:
Scenographers Théo Demans and Clemence Seilles are absolutly fantastic. To see them work with materials – the apparent ease with which they approach and handle fabric, silicon and foam – lightens the (Zoom) room. It has been such a pleasure to share conceptual ideas and accessibility dreams with them and then watch Demans and Seilles immediately translate it into a physical, sensuous world. I am familiar with Demans’ scenography work from the delicious video and installation work by Melanie Bonajo and am so excited that Clemence Seilles paired up with him. Both Demans and Seilles have an independent practice in which art installation, sculpture, wearable jewelry, furniture and touch-inviting materials appear. For Abundance, they’ve created a circuit in which everything is in constant motion. Their scenography (de)centralizes different forms of mobility: shimmer, shine, slippery, shaking, waving, spilling, vibrating, sloping and sliding. Their active commitment to queer life appears not just in colourful design, but also in creating spaces to hide.