Het HEM is currently closed in preperation for renovations and will reopen in fall 2024.
In the meanwhile, you’ll find our programming on several off-site locations and on The Couch.
Our event spaces are available for rent until October 2024.
Art is our first language. Even while we are closed for renovations, our programming continues. You will find our art programmes at off-site locations throughout the year and on the digital platform The Couch. The permanent installations in Het HEM will remain open to the public after the renovation.
Our music programme focuses on experimental ways of making, presenting and experiencing sound in the building through listening sessions, live performances and musical artist-in-residence programmes. During renovations, we organise music programmes at off-site locations and on the digital platform The Couch.
We are closed at the moment. When we are open again you are welcome for a drink and a bite, wine and dine at our restaurant. 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.
The building's industrial design and our experimental art programme bring ambience and meaning to every event.
Situated in a former munitions factory, Het HEM is a new home for contemporary culture.
“Culture happens in communities”
These were the words we used to welcome the first visitors. In our raw but cosy factory we aimed to provide an encounter for artists and audiences with different backgrounds and interests, a cultural meeting point where existing frameworks or established views could be questioned and social issues could be explored on the basis of artistic experiences.
As a young cultural institution, we wanted to challenge the idea that art is not for everyone and asked ourselves aloud what art in today’s world needs to flourish.
Driven by this devotion we developed three programmes – called Chapters – with Guests who each embodied a distinguished position within our society: Chapter 1NE: Edson Sabajo & Guillaume Schmidt, Chapter 2WO: Nicolás Jaar & The Shock Forest Group and Chapter 3HREE: Maarten Spruyt. Each chapter, in their own way, focused on coming to grips with global issues that we as individuals have so little control over. Together, these three chapters caught the attention of over 35,000 visitors, and the excitement and curiosity of the public, has inspired us to expand our ambition and vision in the coming years.
However, Het HEM has not escaped the consequences of the recent pandemic and associated economic downturn. As a young organization, still in development, we do have the ingenuity but not the resources to move on as is, even though we are not lacking in ideas. Concretely, this means we are forced to temporarily change Het HEM’s financial model and curatorial programme, so we can ensure the institution's continuation.
Over the past months we have suspended the exhibition programme, and we're happy to encounter spontaneous interventions and collaborations with different partners. This story between chapters, named Chapter 3HREE and a 1/2 enabled us to clear the space and open up the building to like-minded parties who have experienced similar setbacks due to the crisis: conferences, talks, music and film nights. The extensive 9,000 m2 of our building offers excellent opportunities to facilitate a rich variety of cultural activities based on the safe 1.5 meter guideline.
The measures which were announced in the press conference on Tuesday 13 October led us to close our doors early this year. The plans for the future of Het HEM have not yet been realized a 100%, but we are positive we will be able to open again next year with a new Chapter.