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

He is interested in the intersecting paths travelled by motifs from Africa, the Surinamese Maroon culture, and 20th century Modernism. By exploring the convergence of patterns and shapes from these seemingly disparate cultural landscapes, he reveals the condensation of time and identity.

In his work, elements of De Stijl, Mondrian’s grid and palette, and Rietveld’s architectonic forms merge with elements from the Winti faith of Maroon peoples from Suriname to reimagine the geometries that shaped International Style and marked a new relationship to urbanism. 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. His installation is trans-ethnically enharmonic and post-colonially universal in the same breath.”


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.



  • 1959 Born in Suriname
    Lives and works in Amsterdam
  • 1989-1993 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, NL
  • 1985-1988 Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies, Paramaribo, Suriname

Solo exhibitions

  • 2019
    The Measurement of Presence (with Iris Kensmil), Dutch Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennial, IT Solo exhibition, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2018
    Based In, Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY, US
  • 2017
    In Transit, Expositieruimte 38 CC, Delft, NL
    Winter Artist Residency, Hudson Valley MOCA, Peekskill, NY, US

  • 2016
    The Fall Exhibition, Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center and Gallery, Ghent, NY 3rd Atlantic Obeah, Presidents Gallery, NY
    FESITEN – first time, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2015
    CROSSING THE WATER, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, NL Open Studio NY Residency, Marc Straus Gallery, NY
  • 2013
    KABRA. Descendants Exchange, Kunstverenging Diepenheim, NL Adding Up to the West, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam (cat)
  • 2012
    Limited Edition, Galerie 23, Amsterdam
  • 2011
    Positions, de HAL (Readytex Art Gallery), Paramaribo, SR
  • 2010
    Remy Jungerman & Folkert de Jong Metis-NL Gallery, Amsterdam
  • 2008
    Desire, Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, NL
    Fritschy Culture Award, Museum Het Domein, Sittart, NL (cat)
  • 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, NL
  • 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

Selected group exhibitions

  • 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)

Residencies & awards

  • 2018 One year Residency at International Studio and Curatorial Program NY, Mondriaan Fund, NL 2017 Orientation travel to CUBA & USA, Mondriaan Fund, NL
  • 2017 Nomination Black Achievement Award, NL
  • 2016 Winter Residency Hudson Valley MOCA, Peekskill, NY

  • 2016 Mondriaan Fund, Project investering bemiddelaar en kunstenaar 2015 NY Residency, Marc Straus Gallery, NYC
  • 2014 Mondriaan Fund, Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent
  • 2013 Art Omi Residency, Ghent, NY
  • 2012 Residency Tembe Art Studio, Moengo, Suriname
  • 2010RAVY, Rencontres d’Arts Visuels de Yaound , Mus e National Cameroun 2009 Fonds BKVB, Intendant Cultural Diversity
  • 2008 Fritschy Culture Award, The Netherlands
  • 2007 CCA7 residency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 2004 TGD4, International Artist Workshop, Tambacounda, Senegal