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.
Ruffles Remains (2021)
Ruffles Font (2019)
Rococo Blush Fish Head Tureen (2019)
Salmon Bottom Feed Fish Head Tureen (2019)
Gulper Fish Head Tureen (2019)
Salmon Heel (2019)
Vincent van Velsen:
“The woman who drinks excessively can seem an ultimate act of transgression, behaving in an unruly and unmediated way which is at odds with socially acceptable representations of the feminine.” declared Zoe Williams in an interview. It’s the sinful things that make life fun. Especially in the context of the Dutch Protestant North, where every manifestation of excess is regarded as undesirable. Even more so for women, who are not supposed to act dishonorably and should behave politely. Not Zoe Williams. Her bacchanalian performances feature an abundance of food. Piled, filled and spilled, looking like a comic strip version of a medieval dinner. There is lots of it, it is greasy, it drips, and it smells. However, nothing is consumed, only touched, used, smeared, swapped and consumed. It’s precisely the lack of purpose which she emphasizes, the luxurious, superfluous but oh-so pleasurable aspect that we so often are ashamed of – or that we’ve been taught to feel ashamed of: physicality and the pleasurable activities in life. The sculpture versions are loud in their colors, less grandiose and transient, but no less abundant.
Courtesy Ciaccia Levi, Paris