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.
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.