Het HEM, a new art institute in Amsterdam, opened its doors today with an exhibition curated by the founders of Patta.
Housed in a 10,000 square metre former munitions factory, Het HEM features spaces dedicated to visual arts, music and performance. According to a press release, each season of the institute’s exhibitions and programming will be organised into ‘chapters’ with the first, ‘Chapter 1ne’, helmed by Edson Sabajo and Guillaume Schmidt, the founders of Amsterdam’s iconic streetwear band Patta.
Chapter 2, launching in September, will see producer and composer Nicolas Jaar take up residence at Het HEM, transforming the space into an “interdisciplinary and experimental research centre.” Alongside the exhibition space, Het HEM will also feature a library, restaurant, music venue and artist studios.
Kim Tuin, Director of Het HEM: “We want our audience to feel at home, to be inspired and to open their minds to new experiences, intuitions and creative ideas. Using art to raise important questions concerning contemporary society, we hope to give people a more active and inclusive understanding of our world.”