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Remy Jungerman. Where the river runs

Remy Jungerman. Where the river runs

Rob Perrée [ed.]


Remy Jungerman. Where the river runs

Remy Jungerman. Where the river runs

Rob Perrée [ed.]


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Art / Upcoming



Graphic designer

Mainstudio (Edwin van Gelder)

Number of pages


Book size

22.4 x 29 cm



English (translations Jane Hall)

Numerous illustrations

Made possible with the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Jaap Harten Fonds.

Release date: Autumn 2019

Jap Sam Books is to publish the first comprehensive monograph on the work of Remy Jungerman. The majority of Where The River Runscomprises reproductions of his work. This visual component is complemented with essays shedding light on the subject matter from various aspects and from different perspectives.

The following international critics have contributed to the book: Remco de Blaaij, Ingrid Braam & Roel Hijink, Danila Cahen, Leontine Coelewij, Charlotta Kotik, Charl Landvreugd, Adi Martis, Tumelo Mosaka, Jose Manuel Noceda, Rob Perrée, Sally Price, Franklin Sirmans, Benno Tempel, Joseph Underwood, Vincent van Velsen and Lilly Wei.

In his work Suriname-born Dutch artist Remy Jungerman (1959) is looking for a visual language that will join different cultures to each other. His recent work is inextricably bound up with African traditions and the Western, modernistic art tradition.  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 distillation of time and identity. Features of De Stijl, Mondrian’s grid and palette, and Rietveld’s architectonic forms merge in his work 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.

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 has exhibited works at Prospect3 (New Orleans), Brooklyn Museum (New York), El Museo del Barrio (New York), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Centraal Museum (Utrecht), Afrika Museum (Berg en Dal), Museum Het Domein (Sittard), Museum Arnhem, Rennie Museum (Vancouver), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Malba (Buenos Aires), Musée d'art contemporain du Lyon, Havana Biennale (Cuba) and Museum Bamako (Mali) among others. His work has been featured in numerous publications and acquired by various institutions and private collectors worldwide.

Jungerman and Iris Kensmil represent the Netherlands at the 58th Venice Biennale (11 May - 24 November 2019).