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Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
(29 Oct 2009 - 7 Nov 2009)

Press release: Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09


The National Art Fair of 2009 is a fact. Many artists in Suriname once again participate is this national art event at which they are given the opportunity to present their work to a large general public. The Readytex Art Gallery is also well represented at the Fair. For the third consecutive year the gallery occupies four booths where this year, she represents: Rinaldo Klas, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Ron Flu, Kenneth Flijders, Armand Masé, Hanka Wolterstorff, Reinier Asmoredjo, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, Marcel Pinas and Henry (Soeka) Kartotaroeno.
The following artists affiliated with our gallery are also present, but in their own booths: Paul Chang, Sri Irodikromo, Soeki Irodikromo, John Lie A Fo, Kurt Nahar, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, René Tosari, Sunil Puljhun, George Struikelblok, Humphrey Tawjoeram, Jhunry Udenhout and Wilgo Vijfhoven.
For the Readytex Art Gallery 2009 is a year brimming with activity. Large solo-exhibitions of Wilgo Vijfhoven, Rinaldo Klas and Kenneth Flijders in the gallery and of Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi in the new VAT-building, were important highlights. In addition to the solo’s there were also mini-features from several artists and there were four new art documentaries produced by the Readytex Art Gallery, which just like the previous editions will first be shown on TV in the Netherlands and subsequently also in Suriname. Artists participated in interesting exchange projects such as the Wakaman-project and gained valuable experiences as artists in residence at art institute’s such as Duende in Rotterdam and the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam (both in the Netherlands) and also at the Vermont Studio Center in the USA. Whether as artists in residence or as participants in exhibitions in numerous countries, our artists increasingly take part of the international art scene. In another important development, in September the first edition appeared of a new and independent web-magazine on Surinamese art, Sranan Art Xposed. Readytex Art Gallery was proud to support this wonderful initiative. This first edition is available for viewing at the Readytex booth at the Art Fair and those interested can subscribe for receipt (via e-mail) of this free web-magazine on art from Suriname.
At the NK ’09 Readytex Art Gallery also introduces two new reproduction projects.
The first concerns the beautiful and unique artwork of Ron Flu, one of the great Surinamese artists whom with his work, done in his unique and striking style, always manages to touch the public in a special way. The gallery presents a collection of memorable prints on fine quality art paper (21 x 25 cm) of for now, a selection of twelve works of art from the series of street scenes by Ron Flu. (Description of this project will follow separately.)
The second project is done in cooperation with NV Screenprint and concerns reproductions of artworks on tiles. This project is particularly interesting because it opens a new world of possibilities for art lovers. The reproductions can be printed on one tile or more and the tiles are available in three sizes. At the NK ‘09 we show a reproduction of art by Rinaldo Klas on 9 tiles.
For more information please contact Readytex Art Gallery. Phone number 421750






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