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.
Out of the Blue (2019)
Vincent van Velsen:
There is a difference between hope and optimism. Many people act against their better judgment in the hope that things will get better, without necessarily having a positive disposition. Tarek Lakhrissi puts this difference at the heart of his varied body of work – from performance to sculpture, from film to written forms. The latter in particular is significant in his body of work. For example, he provides lyrics of existing songs with their own twist, giving them an extra layer – or uses karaoke to slightly transform their meaning. These are ways of exploring the possibility of life and spending it as pleasantly as one is able to – or with as little damage as possible. They are proposals for a future in which queer and color are accepted. In his work he uses pop culture as much as he uses classical references, and theory as much as lived knowledge. As in his film Out of the Blue, in which nightclub and utopia are combined with a sci-fi aesthetic, used together to explore the possibilities of a differently formed future. Lakhrissi tells stories to explore new possibilities with words; to let them take shape in our minds.
Courtesy of the artist and VITRINE London/Basel