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.
Video: Maurice Spees
In the former munitions factory Het HEM, millions of bullets were produced during the Cold War for the use of NATO soldiers worldwide. Still Life creates a link between the past, present and future of this loaded heritage. The source material for bullet production has been melted down into four heavy brass plates. The large plates move between the columns in an unpredictable rhythm; combined, they open and close the perspective of this immense space. The viewer is forced to continually re-relate themselves with the work and the space, as the brass plates move slowly away from the viewer, only to inevitably return.
RAAAF operates at the crossroads of visual art, architecture and philosophy. Erik and Ronald Rietveld founded their multidisciplinary studio in 2006. RAAAF has since become widely known for site-specific art installations that intervene in the existing built environment and its historical context.
Iedereen ziet iets anders in een kunstwerk. Maar dezelfde persoon kan ook steeds andere betekenissen halen uit hetzelfde werk. Dichter Ko van ’t Hek date negen Chapters lang het kunstwerk Still Life van RAAAF. Na elk bezoek schrijft hij een column. Lees hier de columns die hij tot nu toe heeft geschreven.
Still Life was commissioned by Amerborgh International.