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.
Visual Pleasure/Jukebox Cinema (2018)
Calendar Girl (2014)
Vincent van Velsen:
When I saw her graduation exhibition at the Columbia MFA in 2018, I was immediately sold. I found the shiny pink ribbons and well-produced videos – exceptional, both captivating in terms of rhythm and visuals. A couple of years ago I shared the work with Simon(e), who also loved it. Nye links age-related discrimination against women (ageism) to the stigma surrounding elderly bodies. Nye’s videos portray women’s bodies, elderly bodies, elderly women’s bodies. She depicts them in relationship to other bodies. Rhythmically swaying bodies that we often are not used to seeing in bathing suits. In a space that is a cross between a brothel and a nightclub. This is what video cabins in the back of sex shops would look like if they were more queer and less taboo. Nye often cites the TV show Golden Girls as her ideal. Somehow, the videos also are very reminiscent of Florida: the place where, in American comedy series, the elderly spend their final decades surrounded by warmth and care. This space is nurturing too, due to the inclusion of all age and sizes.