The Sedje Hémon Foundation encourages research and study of Sedje Hémon’s artwork and compositions as well as her theory on the integration of art and music. As part of this aim, in 2016 the foundation invited composer Andrius Arutiunian and artist Marianna Maruyama, both based in The Hague, to research the archives and generate new work drawing from Hémon’s legacy.
Sedje Hémon’s creative resilience, what Vilém Flusser would have called ‘creative exile’ can be seen in her fluidity across media and her strength of character alike. In her remarkable paintings from the 1950s and 60s, and in the scores that emerged from them through a method she invented, Hémon tested the boundaries of disciplines and practices from within an artistic climate steeped in late modernism. Her as yet untranslated Theory of Integration deals with the interconnectedness of all art forms, including music, dance, and visual art. The meticulous notes she kept while developing this theory between 1958-1965 are of particular interest, as they also shed light on the great number of other artists, composers, and scholars she was in regular contact with, such as the art historian H.L.C. Jaffe, and concert pianist Shura Cherkassky.
Profanatory Translation: In January 2017, Maruyama published the first article on Sedje Hémon in English in the Dutch art journal Kunstlicht (Translation as Method no. 3/4, 2016). Order a copy here and select Archief Losse Nummers Kunstlicht, no.3-4/2016
Hidden Agreements: Between May 2018 and May 2019, the concert program Hidden Agreements toured the Netherlands, starting with its premiere in Korzo theater, The Hague. Marianna Maruyama and Andrius Arutiunian initiated the concert program and developed it in close collaboration with Ensemble Modelo62. After nearly 40 years of silence, three of Sedje Hémon’s compositions were performed live by Ensemble Modelo62, along with a new composition by Maruyama (The Assistants) and a new composition by Arutiunian (Deserted Steps). This program was generously supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten, Mondriaan Fonds, Stroom Den Haag, Gemeente Den Haag, and The Sedje Hémon Foundation.