Artwork of Surinamese visual artist George Struikelblok is currently included in an art exhibition of the IDB Cultural Center in Washington DC in the USA. This exhibition of art from the art collection of the IDB features work from major artists from Latin America and the Caribbean, including George Struikelblok. With the exhibition Art in Society: The Power of Culture, the IDB celebrates the 20th anniversary of the IDB Cultural Center. The exhibition is open from August 1 to September 28, from Monday thru Friday, 11 am-6 pm in the IDB Cultural Center Gallery, 1300 NY Avenue NW, Washington DC, USA. The flyer for the exhibition can be downloaded here.
Not only is this early work, ‘I miss you’, from 1999, by George Struikelblok featured in the exhibition, it is also purchased by the IDB for their collection. It is the first Surinamese work ever bought by the IDB.
The IDB Cultural Center has an excellent reputation for high caliber art exhibitions in the Washington, DC metro area as well as internationally, having won the 2010 Washington, DC Mayor’s Award for Visionary Leadership in the Arts.
Established in 1992, the IDB Cultural Center and has two primary objectives:
1) contribute to social development by providing grants to small-scale cultural projects that have positive social impact in the Region
2) showcase the artistic expressions of the IDB member countries, with emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean, through cultural programs that bring understanding between the Region and the rest of the world
The IDB Cultural Center Exhibitions Program and the Inter-American Concert, Lecture and Film Series stimulate dialogue and offer greater knowledge of the creativity of the Americas. The Cultural Development Program funds projects for technical training, revival of cultural heritage and community values, and supports artistic initiatives. The IDB Art Collection, acquired over five decades, is managed by the Cultural Center and embodies the Bank’s mission to invest in the Region’s artists; and travelling exhibitions promote diversity and integration among nations.