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.
Artist in Residence
Simon(e) van Saarloos:
A big thank you to performance curator and public programmer Melih Gençboyaci for introducing me to Paula Chaves Bonilla’s work! Seeing their performance Omni Toxica made a lasting impression. The loud and messy frequencies of Chaves Bonilla’s choreography to address the North-American induced violence of drug trafficking, isn’t something that you’ll often see in Dutch theatre. Chaves Bonilla is a vibrant performer, choreographer and activist from Bogota, Colombia, living and working in The Netherlands. I’ll cite from one of our conversations: “Speaking about climate change, marica, it’s important to say: the end of the world already happened a thousand times for marginalized communities, habibi. It’s been more than five hundred years of ongoing fight against the complete erasure of our peoples. More than five hundred years since the white Europeans came and the fight against the extraction and colonization of our lands started. The end of the world already happened.”