Exhibition — 12 Sep 2020 until 21 Feb 2021

The exhibition Surinamese School highlights the work of artists who flourished from the beginning of the 20th century up to ,and including, the years after the independence of Suriname. It shows paintings, sculptures, work on paper and documentation.

The exhibition Surinamese School explores the various artistic positions that were instrumental in the development of Surinamese visual arts. The show places particular emphasis on artists who, in addition to their artistic work, played a key role in helping to train new generations of artists, such as by developing art education in Paramaribo. Surinamese School spotlights work by artists including Erwin de Vries, Armand Baag and Nola Hatterman from the collection of the Stedelijk Museum.

Nola Hatterman, 'arbeider', 1939, oil paint on canvas. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Nola Hatterman, 'arbeider', 1939, oil paint on canvas. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Armand Baag, 'Rasta Morning', 1980, oil paint on canvas. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Armand Baag, 'Rasta Morning', 1980, oil paint on canvas. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The exhibition is curated by Jessica de Abreu (anthropologist and co-founder of The Black Archives), Claire van Els (junior curator of the Stedelijk Museum), Mitchell Esajas (anthropologist and co-founder of New Urban Collective and The Black Archives), Bart Krieger (publicist and independent art-historical researcher ), Carlien Lammers (inclusion officer / project leader STUDIO-i Stedelijk Museum) and Ellen de Vries (publicist and independent researcher).

The impetus for this project came from Ellen de Vries and is based partly on her research into Nola Hatterman.