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.
Sanctum is a deep blue chapel that appears to float in between two floors. The work invites for contemplation while examining what the architecture of the ‘spiritual’ consists of.
Why do we assign value to objects, to the tangible, within the immaterial realm of faith?What is the basis of our devotion to altars, relics and icons?
In the colossal space of Het HEM Sanctum tests the boundary between an artistic and a spiritual experience.
Sanctum, is based on Van Veluw's long-term research into the tension between faith and the tangible. Previous installations that have emerged from this are Sanctum at Tenuta Dello Scompiglio, Vorno, Italy; Beyond Matter at Ron Mandos gallery, Amsterdam, and The Chapel at Rijksmuseum Twente.
Sanctum is kindly supported by Mondriaan Fonds and Outset.