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.
The Liars (2018–2021)
Vincent van Velsen:
Mire Lee’s slow-moving, dripping sculptures are repulsive and appealing at the same time. They pulsate, make sounds, and each movement is different from the previous one – all this makes them fascinating. The works appear to be alive, but nevertheless they are mechanical. Although they are constructed with fairly hard materials, the syrupy substance in which they are coated makes the works soft and tangible, too. For Lee, the interaction with the materials during the process of making is extremely important. It’s a relationship between human and material that borders on the masochistic. It’s an attempt to shape the sculpture according to the wishes of its creator, using physical force, tools, and willpower. The material protests and resists: it is either bend or break, for both parties. So it’s no surprise that Lee talks about vulnerability, while the work on display resembles different types of skin. This exposure to the outside world, leaving the inner one open to stimuli relates to Bipolar Affective Disorder and the absence of a natural defense to externalities. Mire is interested in forms of exchange, including fetishistic obsession, voyeurism, perversions, violations, and forms of violence. This is where her sculptures emanate from, and just as with all interactions: they always produce reciprocal residue.