BIOGRAPHY
Photo© Aatjan Renders

Suriname-born Dutch artist Remy Jungerman (1959) lives and works in Amsterdam. He attended the Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies in Paramaribo, Suriname, 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.” In bringing seemingly disparate visual languages into conversation, Jungerman’s work challenges the established art historical canon. As art and culture critic Greg Tate has remarked “Jungerman’s work leaps boldly and adroitly into the epistemological gap between culturally confident Maroon self-knowledge and the Dutch learning curve around all things Jungerman, Afropean and Eurocentric.”

Born and raised in Suriname, he is a descendant, on his mother’s side, of the Surinamese Maroons who escaped enslavement on Dutch plantations to establish self-governed communities in the Surinamese rainforest. Within their rich culture, many West-African influences are preserved including the prominent use of abstract geometrical patterns. Placing fragments of Maroon textiles, as well other materials found in the African diaspora such as the kaolin clay used in many African religious traditions or the nails featured in Congolese Nkisi Nkondi power sculpture, in direct contact with materials and imagery drawn from more “established” art traditions, Jungerman presents a peripheral vision that can enrich and inform our perspective on art history.

Jungerman represents the Netherlands at the 2019 Venice Biennale with Iris Kensmil. 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 literally 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 the 58 Venice Biennial at the Dutch Pavilion; Prospect3, New Orleans; Brooklyn Museum, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Hudson Valley MOCA, New York; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; New Jersey City University, New Jersey; Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver, Canada; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Gemeente Museum, Den Haag; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Museum Arnhem, Havana Biennale, Cuba; Museum Bamako, Mali; Museum Tromso, Norway; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Malba, Buenos Aires; Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta; Gallery Krinzinger, Austria; Stedelijk Museum Aalst, Belgium; Musée Art contemporain, France; Air de Paris, France.

His International residencies include Art Omi and International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York.

His work has been featured in numerous publications and acquired by various institutions and private collectors worldwide.

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)