SPEME in Amsterdam, 3 – 17 May 2023

May 3, 2023 - May 17, 2023

In the frame of the European Union’s Horizon 2020, SPEME - Questioning Traumatic Heritage: Spaces of Memory in Europe, Argentina, Colombia, develops a joint program of exchanges between academic researchers-working on memory, trauma and heritage-and non-academic professionals-working in the fields of memory museums and sites of memory-between Italy, The Netherlands, Argentina and Colombia.

3Package Deal International Art Programm Festival

November 24, 2022

On November 24th 2022, H401 will join the International Art Programm Festival. Organised through the entire building of Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 32 (Amsterdam), the festival will consist of diverse art installations, art talks, films, interventions and stage presentations.

Gisèle, een hommage

July 9, 2022

Première 9 juli 2022

Een film van Betsy Torenbos en Ard van Rijn
met muziek van Louis Andriessen.


May 17, 2022


presents new work by Merapi Obermayer and Henk Wijnen.

Opening Tuesday 17 may 2022, 18-20 hrs.

Meet 18M8L – 18 Months 8 Locations

May 10, 2022

On 10 May, 16 hrs, colleagues from Italy represented in 18M8L will present their work and discuss it with interested peers from Amsterdam. If you wish to participate please register at

Europeday: #Amplify in Action

May 9, 2022

A day full of online and offline activities across Europe: debates, conversations, presentations, a cultural and artistic program and actions to celebrate and shape the future of Europe together.

SPEME partners visit

May 6, 2022 - May 25, 2022

Project partners of SPEME (read about the project here) visit each other in turns. Groups of academics and practitioners from memory sites exchange on their work and discuss challenging practices from their own organizations and networks.

Objects & Stories

December 17, 2021

Exhibition and podcasts

opening 17 December, 16 hrs

Lamenting the future. Mourning as a source of activism. A lecture by Guy Cools

November 3, 2021

Recording from 3 November now online

A lecture by Guy Cools on contemporary art practices in literature, visual and performing arts that use mourning as a source for activism.

Memory practiced in arts: how historical conflicts, traumas and erasures resurface

October 28, 2021

Recording from 28 October now online

Katarzyna Bojarska speaks about moments of rupture in societies that revise and transform their attitudes towards difficult aspects of their collective identity.

Tête-à-Tête Triptych. Exhibition by DAY Collective

October 22, 2021 - October 23, 2021

Exhibition on 22 & 23 October 2021

Day Collective explores new modes of language, based on intuition, silence, imagination, and sensibility.


July 10, 2021 - July 11, 2021

Tête-à-Tête is a participatory performance, during which 3 participants and 2 artists converse through drawing on themselves, in silence, using their own skin as a medium for a wordless dialogue. There is only one rule — no words. The tool for drawing is eco cosmetic pencil. Age:18+.


June 13, 2021

Tête-à-Tête is a participatory performance, during which 3 participants and 2 artists converse through drawing on themselves, in silence, using their own skin as a medium for a wordless dialogue. There is only one rule — no words. The tool for drawing is eco cosmetic pencil. Age:18+.

SHAME! And Masculinity from a South African perspective

February 25, 2021

25 February, 17 hrs
Ena Jansen in conversation with Philip Miller

Miller’s soundscape ‘Special Boy’ is a personal and moving piece addressing shame as a collision between childhood experiences and adult perspectives.

Mannelijkheid. Kwetsbaarheid. Maaike Meijer en Glenn Helberg in gesprek

February 17, 2021

Nu online: videoregistratie van
Maaike Meijer en Glenn Helberg in gesprek

"Mannelijkheid wordt nog steeds eerder geassocieerd met onkwetsbaarheid, kracht, besluitvaardigheid, controle en macht. Dat is een probleem."

HIA Talks & H401: Shame & Masculinity

January 27, 2021

Gemodereerd door Raissa Biekman, programma manager van HIA NL, gaan Nalini Malani, Arnoud Holleman en Ina van Zyl in gesprek over onderwerpen die centraal staan in de tentoonstelling SHAME! and Masculinity. Thema’s die besproken worden zijn onder andere rape culture, body positivity, sensuality en masculinity.

OPEN UP! – working with contested heritage

November 26, 2020

The Week offers workshops, a keynote presentation with discussion and a session with policy-makers. Tune in for thought-provoking reflections about the current Zeitgeist that requires institutions and individuals to think about change. HCZ proposes a tool for that change, to open up spaces for difficult conversation about our heritage and the societies we want to live in. The Week will showcase and discuss the HCZ project’s experience with artists and activists that have worked with civil society initiatives to build ‘safe spaces’ that are open for dialogue.

Shame and the memory politics of illiberal state

November 25, 2020

This online event is part of OPEN UP! The Heritage Contact Zone Week of Contested Heritage and of SHAME! Exploring Masculinities. Peto is an author of SHAME! and Maculinities

OPEN UP! The Week of Contested Heritage

November 23, 2020 - November 26, 2020

23, 25 and 26 November 2020

Artists, academics, activists and curators are invited to engage with the Heritage Contact Zone project outcomes about working with contested heritage.

Working with contested heritage

November 23, 2020

A public online roundtable discussion on working with sensitive heritage, objects and communities. With Esther Captain, Jasper Chalcraft, Kornelia Kiss, e.a. Moderated by Joachim Umlauf In the framework of OPEN UP! The Heritage Contact Zone Week of Contested Heritage. See the whole programme here.

Shame! and masculinity – the politics of bodies

November 10, 2020

Kasia Bojarska talks with Alexandra Hirszfeld, Paweł Leszkowicz and Ernst van Alphen about the exhibition SHAME! And Masculinity.

Conversing with Masculinity

November 6, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Patriarchal masculinity wreaks havoc in the world every day. Join this workshop to look at words and bodies individually and collectively through the lens of masculinity and its precepts.

Stick to your knitting

November 5, 2020

A round-table conversation on metaphors, leadership and the difficulty of recognizing differences. With Katherine Watson, Carla Delfos and Jan-Jaap Knol. More information soon.

Shame! And Masculinity

September 22, 2020 - January 29, 2021

23 October 2020 - 1 March 2021
momentarily closed
With works by Ina van Zyl (NL/ZA), Natasja Kensmil (NL), Philip Miller (ZA), Marlene Dumas (NL), Jeanette Christensen (NO), Arnoud Holleman (NL), Hans Hovy (NL), Nalini Malani (IN), Artur Żmijewski (PL); curated by Ernst van Alphen

Lecture by Aleida Assmann

February 25, 2020

Community building. Political challenges and cultural practices. A lecture about public spirit, what threatens it and what we can do for it.

The video registration is now available here.

Popular Culture and Social Injustice: A Blessing or a Curse?

November 30, 2019

in collaboration with Humanity in Action Nederland

What is the characteristic of contemporary pop culture in 2019? Do artists with a large platform have to express themselves on social and societal issues? And if they don't, are they "canceled"? What role does social media activism play in this interaction? How does popular culture create a connection in order to counteract polarisation between groups in society? During this edition, culture experts will engage in a dialogue with the public about the interaction between popular culture and social and societal issues.

Cristina Demaria: Turning places into spaces of memory

November 25, 2019

A lecture by Cristina Demaria

Monday 25 November 2019, 17.30 hrs

How can moving images represent a space of trauma and turn it into a space for remembrance?

In and out of the archive: working with grey zones

November 22, 2019

In and out of the archive: working with grey zones
Round-table conversation, workshop, artist talk
In the framework of the SPEME project we invite you to participate in an afternoon programme about working with historic material as an artist, a historian and an institution.

On Entre

November 22, 2019 - December 4, 2019

A post-colonial family affair. 
Cabinet exhibition with archival pieces and a Virtual Reality installation

22 November - 4 December 2019
open Tuesday to Friday, 14-18 hrs

In hindsight – Lecture by Chris van der Heijden

November 20, 2019

Lecture: 20 November 2019 - 19.00 hrs

Chris van der Heijden asks us a double question: how to foresee the consequences of your thoughts and acts? And: how to understand and to explain without knowing what you know?

Workshop: Questioning Traumatic Heritage

November 16, 2019

Boals' saying "Peace no Passivity" has inspired many theatre-practitioners in the field of conflict, memory and transformational processes in many countries around the world.
In a three-hour workshop, we will focus on the dilemma's we are dealing with in our field and their underlying actors. By bringing these actors into the open we can start to look for alternative ways of perceiving them and approaching them, which will help us to get a deeper understanding of how traumatic experiences, working through in the present, could be transformed.

Stéphanie Saadé: The Travels of Here and Now

September 6, 2019 - November 4, 2019

Saadé’s installatie is gebaseerd en geïnspireerd op de 18e-eeuwse behangselschilderingen van Jurriaan Andriessen (1742-1819) in de Drakensteynkamer van het museum. De schilderingen zijn mediterrane scènes en bevinden zich rondom langs de vier wanden van de kamer. Aanvankelijk waren ze geschilderd voor kasteel Drakensteyn in Lage Vuursche.


September 3, 2019

Lesung von Wolfgang Schmidbauer 3. September, 19 Uhr

Schmidbauer ist Deutschlands wohl bekanntester Psychoanalytiker und Autor von mehreren Bestsellern mit Übersetzungen in zehn Sprachen.

smári rúnar róbertsson: this clock before it existed

August 13, 2019 - November 1, 2019

At the very top of the organ case of the world-famous Vater-Müller organ, the Icelandic artist Smári Rúnar Róbertsson (Vestmannaeyjabær, 1992) winds back the hands of the clock. For two and a half months they will rewind some 300 years, beyond the time when the clock was created by sculptor Jurriaan Westerman: the year 1724. The artist literally relaxes the clock as a way of transforming it to reflect on time, space and your physical presence.

Discussion Evening on The Warp and Weft of Memory

September 13, 2018

While the online narrative archive, The Warp and Weft of Memory, was conceived by Renée Turner, it was actually made by a team of people working closely together. Garments from Gisèle’s closet were photographed.

Exhibition: De Eeuw van Gisèle

September 12, 2018 - October 12, 2018

stralen & reflecteren

August 31, 2018 - September 4, 2018

Exhibition The Warp and Weft of Memory

August 24, 2018 - September 14, 2018

There are stains. What are we to do with them? Her sweat has turned brown with time and its acid has etched itself into her white cotton shirts and the lining of dresses.

EAP Final Conference

June 29, 2018 - June 30, 2018

More info to follow soon.