BIOGRAPHY
Photo© Aatjan Renders

Remy Jungerman (1959) lives and works in Amsterdam. He attended the Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies in Paramaribo, Surinam, before moving to Amsterdam where he studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. 

In his work, Jungerman explores the intersection of pattern and symbol in Surinamese Maroon culture, the larger African diaspora, and 20th century Modernism. Placing fragments of Maroon textiles and other materials found in the African diaspora—the kaolin clay used in several religious traditions or the nails featured in Nkisi Nkondi power sculpture—in direct contact with materials and imagery drawn from more “established” art traditions, Jungerman presents a peripheral vision that enriches our perspective on art history. 

In 2022 Jungerman received the A.H. Heineken Prize for Art, the biggest visual art prize in the Netherlands.

From November 20, 2021 – April 10, 2022 he was the subject of a career survey show at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam titled Remy Jungerman: Behind the Forest. In 2019 he represented the Netherlands at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. In 2017 he was nominated for the Black Achievement Award in The Netherlands. 

In 2008 he received the Fritschy Culture Award from the Museum het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands. 

Jungerman is co-founder and curator of the Wakaman Project, drawing Lines – connecting dots. Wakaman, which means “walking man,” was born out of a desire to examine the position of visual artists of Surinamese origin and to raise their profile(s) on the international stage. 

He has exhibited works at: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL; 58th Venice Biennial, Dutch Pavilion, IT; Prospect3, New Orleans, US; Brooklyn Museum, New York, US; El Museo del Barrio, New York, US; Katonah Museum, New York, US; Kunstmuseum, The Hague, NL; Goodman Gallery, London, GB; Fridman Gallery, New York, US; Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam; NL; Rennie Museum, Vancouver, CA; Havana Biennale, CU; Museum Bamako, ML; Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, NL; Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL; Museum Arnhem, NL;  Museum De Domeinen, Sittard, NL; Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, NL; Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden, NL; Zeeuws Museum, Leeuwarden, NL; Tropen Museum, Amsterdam, NL; Museum Tromso, NO; Stedelijk Museum Aalst, BE; Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, NL; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, US; Hudson Valley MOCA, New York, US; New Jersey City University, New Jersey, US; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, DE; Schloss Oberdiessbach, CH; Malba, Buenos Aires, AR; Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, ID; Gallery Krinzinger, Salzburg / Vienna, AT; Musée Art Contemporain, FR; Air de Paris, FR.

He is represented by Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, Cape Town, SA and London UK, Fridman Gallery, New York, US and Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL.

His international residencies include Art Omi and International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York and Tembe Art Centre, Moengo, SR.

His work has been featured in numerous publications and acquired by various institutions and private collectors worldwide. His first book, Remy Jungerman. Where the River Runs, published by Jap Sam Books in 2019, won the 2019 50books | 50covers design award from the AIGA in the US and has received two 2019 30 Best Dutch Book Designs awards (as per a student jury from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam). His second book, Remy Jungerman. Behind the Forest, was produced in connection to his solo exhibition at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Remy Jungerman Dr Heineken Prize for Art 2022.

Visual artist Remy Jungerman will be awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art 2022. The jury praises the artist for the way he interweaves the cultures of the countries that define him: Suriname, the Netherlands, and the United States. By using geometric patterns and horizontals composed of panels varying of length, width, and colour, Jungerman creates a unique style and an extensive layering in his work. This form and connection of traditions offers the audience a new visual language that initiates a dialogue between disparate cultures.

The Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art is the biggest visual art prize in the Netherlands. The award was established in 1988 by Alfred H. Heineken to honour and encourage top talent in the arts in their development and to enhance their international prominence as artists. The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences is responsible for the nomination and selection process. Previous laureates include Ansuya Blom (2020) and Erik van Lieshout (2018).

Remy Jungerman and Iris Kensmil selected for the Dutch Pavilion 2019.

Work of visual artists Remy Jungerman (1959) and Iris Kensmil (1970), brought together by Benno Tempel for a joint presentation, has been selected as the Dutch contribution to the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, that is to take place in 2019. The selection of this exhibition, entitled ‘The Measurement of Presence’ has been made public by the Mondriaan Fund, that was advised in that regard by an international jury.

EDUCATION

1990 - 1993

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, NL

1985 - 1989

Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies, Paramaribo, SR

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2021

Materials For the Arts,  New York

2017

Orientation trip to USA and CUBA, Mondriaan Fund (NL)  
Nomination Black Achievement Award (NL)

2016

Winter Residency Hudson Valley MOCA, Peekskill, New York
Mondriaan Fund, Project investering bemiddelaar en kunstenaar (NL)

2015

NY Residency, Marc Straus Gallery, New York

2014

Mondriaan Fund, Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent (NL)

2013

Art Omi Residency, Ghent, New York

2012

Mondriaan Fund, Residency Tembe Art Studio, Moengo (SR)

2010

RAVY, Rencontres d’Arts Visuels de Yaoundé, Musée National Cameroun

2009

Fonds BKVB, Intendant Cultural Diversity Administrator 2007-2009

2008

Fritschy Culture Award, Sittard (NL)

2007

CCA7 Residency, Port of Spain (TT)

2004

TGD4, International Artist Workshop, Tambacounda (SN)

2000

Big River International Artists Workshop, Grande Riviere (TT)

1997

The Soroa International Artists Workshop, Soroa, Pinar del Rio (CU)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection of Two-Persons Exhibitions)

2021

AGIDA | Briliant Corners, Fridman Gallery, New York
Where the River Runs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

2019

The Measurement of Presence, Dutch Pavilion, Venice Biennial
Neap Tide, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
Expo Chicago, Fridman Gallery, New York
Untitled, Miami with Nate Lewis, Fridman Gallery, New York

2017

In Transit, Expositieruimte 38 CC, Delft (NL)
Winter Artist Residency, Hudson Valley MOCA, Peekskill, New York

2016

The Fall Exhibition, Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center and Gallery, Ghent, New York
3rd Atlantic Obeah, Presidents Gallery, New York
FESITEN – first time, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam 

2015

CROSSING THE WATER, Kunst Museum, Den Haag (NL)
Open Studio NY Residency, Marc Straus Gallery, New York

2013

KABRA. Descendants Exchange, Kunstverenging Diepenheim (NL)
Adding Up to the West, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam 

2012

Limited Edition, Galerie 23, Amsterdam

2011

Positions, Kurt Nahar meets Remy Jungerman, De Hal, Paramaribo (SR)

2010

Remy Jungerman & Folkert de Jong Metis-NL Gallery, Amsterdam

2009

Africourt, during International Short Film Festival of Benin

2008

Desire, Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, NL
Fritschy Culture Award, Museum Het Domein, Sittart (NL) 

2006

Afro-Intensity, Kunst Vlaai, Amsterdam

2005

Afro-Blue, Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam

2004

Absolute Truth, Gemak, Den Haag (NL)

2003

Absolute Truth, Buro Leeuwarden (NL) 

2002

Territory, Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam 

2000

Flattened Toad Force, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere (NL) 

1999

Waardige Zaken, Het Oude Slot, Heemstede (NL) 
Sometimes Travelers don’t come back, Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam

1998

Made in India, Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam

1997

Remy Jungerman, Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam

1991

Zuivering, Thalia, Paramaribo (SR)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2021

Small World Real World, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Healing Power, Tropen Museum, Amsterdam

2020

In the Presence of Absence, proposals for the Museum Collection, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Young Artists: One, Presented in collaboration with OpenArt, Fridman Gallery, New York

2019

Healing Power, Museum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden
Dis/location: mapping Black Europa, New Jersey City University, New Jersey

2018

Revival: Contemporary Pattern and Decoration, El Museo del Barrio, Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, the Bronx, New York
Spring Open Studios, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, New York
Fall Open Studios, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, New York

2017

‘I AM A NATIVE FOREIGNER’ Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
Bye Bye de Stijl, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL
Private room: Artists from the Gallery, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam
Nadia Naveau & Remy Jungerman, I Presume, DAK@ galerie Sanaa, Utrecht, NL

2016

Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver, Canada
Arrows Shot From the Bow, Rietveld Cordemeyer Huis, Apeldoorn, NL
This is not a show, Marc Straus Gallery, NY

2015

Expo Chicago, Marc Straus Gallery, Chicago, USA
Global Inspirations, LUMC, Leiden, NL
Tembe fu Libi, Moengo Festival of Visual Arts, Moengo, Suriname (cat)
Exclude/include. Alternate Histories Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam
Zomertentoonstelling Kunstverenging Diepenheim, NL

2014

Prospect.3 Notes for Now, New Orleans Contemporary Art Biennial (cat)
I am not doing anything until I feel the need, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam (cat)
Art Fair, Amsterdam Drawing, C&H Art Space Gallery, NL
The Daylight Show, Galerie Ton de Boer @ Dresselhuyspaviljoen, NL
Spirit Levels, CCA Glasgow, Scotland
Flow, IDB Cultural Center Art Gallery Washington, DC
Art Rotterdam with C&H Art Space, NL

2013

BIAC, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Martinique
Van God Los? Je geest in balans, Museum het Dolhuys, Haarlem, NL
First Biënnale Of The South in Panama, Panama City
The World of Extraordinary Objects, October Gallery, London

2012

Gallery Artists + Guest, C&H Art Space, Amsterdam
‘Who More Sci-Fi Than Us?’ Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, NL (cat)
More to Tell, Recent Acquisitions, Museum het Domein, Sittard, NL

2011

Running Tread (Wakaman), C&H Art Space, Amsterdam

2010

Gallery Artists Show André Simoens Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
Art Brussels and Art Paris with Gallery Andre Simoens
Mi Art Milano, Metis-NL Gallery

2009

10th edition of the Havana Biennial, Cuba (cat)
Droog Shop NYC, New York
Higher Ground, curated by Astrid Honold, Metis-NL Gallery, Amsterdam
Licht aan Zee, Born on Wednesday, Kunsthal 52, den Helder, NL
The Rhetoric of Doubt, Galerie André Simoens, Knokke, Belgium

2008

Black is Beautiful: Rubens to Dumas, Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (cat)
Exoten, Belmonte Arboretum, Wageningen, NL  (cat)
Arco 08, 27th International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain

2007

Infinite Island, Contemporary Caribbean Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York City (cat)
The Color Line, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
By The Way, Museum Tongerlohuys, Roosendaal, NL (cat)

2006

Nederland 1, Museum het Catharina Gasthuis, Gouda, NL
Papier. Beeld & Basis: Cartografie, Stedelijk Museum Aalst, Belgium
Bison Caravan, Museum Bamako, Mali, Africa
Four by Four, Kashi Art Gallery, Fort Cochin, India (cat)
Flatscreen project, Polvo, Chicago, USA

2005

Rendez-vous 2005, Musée Art contemporain, Lyon, France
Wakaman, TENT. Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, NL
la Planck, Air de Paris, Paris, FR
Gekleurde Vormgeving, Stedelijk Museum Aalst, Belgium
Black & White and a little bit of color, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, NL  (cat)
Utopia, Gorcums Museum, NL (cat)
Grid 2, Gallery éof, Paris, FR  (cat)

2004

Secrets of the 90’s, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, NL
Wish You Were (T)here, Stedelijk Museum Aalst, Belgium
Art Fair, 31st Fiac, Paris Expo-Porte de Versailles, Paris

2003

Objects in Mirror are closer than they appear, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany (cat)
Armour / Asperen, Ford Asperen, Acquoy, NL (cat)
Black My Story, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere, NL (cat)

2002

Political Correct, Dutch?, Gallery Krinzinger, Salzburg / Vienna, Austria (cat)
Grid, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia  (cat)
No ID, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay, India
European Living, The Hague Sculpture, The Hague, NL  (cat)
Politics of Difference, Malba, Buenos Aires, Argentina (cat)
Politics of Difference, Palacio de Congresos, Recife, Brazil (cat)

2001

Bank Secrets in the Attic, Museum Amstelkring, Amsterdam
We are always on the edge of the wilderness, W139, Amsterdam

2000

Closer to One Another, Biennial of Havana, Cuba (cat)
The Container, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Germany

1999

Glad ijs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (cat)
Big River, National Museum, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (cat)

1998

Power Up, Museum Arnhem, NL (cat)
Gate way to the Arctic, Museum Tromso, Norway

1997

In the Ditch, Out of the Ditch, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (cat)
Around Europa, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1996

20 years of fine Arts In Suriname, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam  (cat)
New Light, Peninsula, Eindhoven, NL (cat)

1995

20 years of fine Arts In Suriname, Ford Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname (cat)