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between Suriname and Venezuela celebrated through Art
On July 4th the Readytex Art Gallery will once again open with a special art exhibition in the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation (IVCC- Instituto Venezolano para la Cultura y la Cooperacion). As art gallery and Venezuelan Institute, the promotion of art and cultural expression have long since been a common goal, and this exhibition once again reinforces the many cooperative efforts of our respective institutions in this regard. We also share, as South American countries and distant neighbors, many other qualities, and this will be the general theme of the exhibition “Commonalities”. The art exhibition under auspices of the Readytex Art Gallery will be held in the auditorium hall of the IVCC, and runs simultaneously with the poster exhibition: “Venezuela Indígena: Universo Sonora” (Indigenous Venezuela: a universe of sound) in the conference hall, in honor of the 197th anniversary of the independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Though we may not share the language, we do share, quite close to one another other, the North coast of the same continent and, both our countries have areas belonging to the geographically and ecologically significant Guyana Shield. Biologists and geographers worldwide recognize this area for its diverse ecosystems and large biodiversity and several environmental institutions and NGO’s worldwide are currently actively involved in the conservation of the ecosystems of the Guyana Shield.
As part thereof and also just as distant neighbors, we share our original inhabitants, beautiful tropical ecosystems, large biodiversity and great wealth of flora and fauna species. The largely warm climate and the warmth of a population with a colorful culture, are just some of the other ‘common qualities” which play on the imagination of artists here as well as there, and which contribute to the charm and attractiveness of both our countries.
These are the “Commonalities” which will be portrayed and celebrated through art in this exhibition. There are certainly also many differences between our two countries, and they should be equally appreciated because it’s those differences, that make us unique as a country, but the “Commonalities” are the qualities that bind us and strengthen our relationship as distant neighbors.
All of the artists linked with the Readytex Art Gallery have been invited to participate with artwork portraying those aspects that we have in common with each other as countries. It will be most fascinating to witness how each artist, with his or her own imagination, materials and technique, gives his or her own interpretation to this specific theme. Our Surinamese artists do not fall short in the area of skill, creativity and talent and the result of their efforts are therefore quite captivating. The exhibition shows a wonderful mix of two dimensional multi media artwork large and small, realistic and abstract, some with the focus on man, and others on nature, as well as some three dimensional sculptures.
Well known Surinamese artist Rinaldo Klas for example will be present with a spectacular large painting in his distinctive style, which incorporates tropical animals with an indigenous profile. Kenneth Flijders participates with a beautiful tropical rainforest landscape, René Tosari incorporates Surinamese and Venezuelan national heroes and Wilgo Vijfhoven shows a painting in his own unique style, with cleverly disguised symbolism. Other participating artists are Reinier Asmoredjo, Paul Chang, Ron Flu, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Henry Kartotaroeno (Soeka), John Lie A Fo, Armand Masé, Kurt Nahar, Marcel Pinas, Sunil Puljun, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, George Struikelblok, Humphrey Tawjoeram, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi and Ay Xiang.
The exhibition is open to public from July 7th until July 11th in the ‘auditorium hall’ of the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation (IVCC) on the corner of the Weide- and the Fred Derby straat. Opening hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 13:00 pm and 17:00 pm – 19:00 pm.
The Readytex Art Gallery team would like to encourage every art lover and the entire Surinamese public to visit this unique exhibition. Join us and see how our different artists celebrate the “commonalities” between Suriname en Venezuela in their own unique style of art.