Khaled Ben Slimane

  • Biography

    Born in 1951, Nabeul, Tunisia

    Lives and works in Tunis, Tunisia

    Khaled Ben Slimane’s multi-disciplinary practice includes paintings on paper, canvas and wood as well as ceramic and bronze sculptures. A synthesis of East and West, his work invokes Sufism through graphic repetition of words and phrases in a distinctive style, which is partly inspired by the masters he once met or worked with such as Miro and Tapies.

    Ben Slimane graduated from the Uscuela Massana of Barcelona in 1977 and Technological Institute of Art in Tunis in 1982. His works have been exhibited alongside works by maestros like Miro, Picasso and Artigas. His works are part of various private and public collections including the British Museum, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Idemitsu Museum of Arts in Tokyo, the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, the Badisches landesmuseum in Karlsruhe and the Museu de Ceramica de Barcelona.



    1990     Elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland
    1982     Eight months at Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, Japan
    1979     Graduated from Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain
    1977     Graduated from l’Institut Technologique d’Art, d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme, Tunis, Tunisia

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection)

    2017         "Ya Latif“, Elmarsa Gallery, Dubai, UAE
    2014         Jeddah Art Week, represented by Elmarsa Gallery. Jeddah, KSA
    2011         « Azimuth - Ascension », with Nja Mahdaoui, New Sahara Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
    2010         Elmarsa Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia 2005 Keramikmuseum, Staufen, Germany
    2005         Universitätsmuseum fur Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Marlburg, Germany
    2005         Ceramics, Seto City Art Museum, Japan
    2004-05    Keramik und Malerei”, Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
    2004         Badisches Landsmuseum, Museum Beim Market, Karlsruhe, Germany
    2004         Galerie Ammar Farhat, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia
    2001         Museu de Ceramica de Barcelona, Spain
    2001         Galerie Ammar Farhat, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
    1995         Leighton House Museum, London, UK
    1995         The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Henry Moore Foundation, England, UK
    1990         National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
    1989         National Museum of Literature of Prague and Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
    1988         Estoll gallery- Conciéjo de Ciento, Barcelona, Spain
    1988         Galerie Le passage, Berlin, Germany
    1987         Caixa de Gran de Gracia, Barcelona, Spain
    1982         Galerie Attaswir, Tunis, Tunisia

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

    2016         “Yesterday is tomorrow's memory: a group show of work from North Africa”, Elmarsa Gallery, Dubai, UAE
    2010         “World Culture Treasures”, Centro Exposiciones Arte Canal, Madrid, Spain - A collection from the British Museum, London, UK
    2010         “Kingdom of Vandals” Badisches landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany
    2009         “Caravansérail”, Attijari Bank, Fès, Morocco
    2008         “Word into Art: Artists of the Middle East”, The British Museum, DIFC, Dubai, UAE
    2007         "Islamic ceramics from the 10th century to the present day." Badisches landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany
    2007          Stadtgalerie, Markdorf, Lac de Constance, Germany
    2006         “Word into Art: Artists of the Middle East”, The British Museum, London, UK
    2005          The Crafts Council Gallery, London, UK
    2005          Elmarsa gallery, Tunis, Tunisia 2003 Elmarsa gallery, Tunis, Tunisia
    2002          The Princess Foundation, London, UK
    2002          The British Museum, London, UK
    2002          Ian Potter Museum of Arts, Melbourne, Australia
    2001          Ditchling Museum, Sussex, UK
    2000          Universal Exhibition of Hanover 2000, Germany
    2000          International Academy of Ceramics, Keramion Foundation, Frechen, Germany
    1998          The British Museum, London, UK
    1998          Sargadelos Gallery, Milan, Italy
    1994         “Autumn Show”, Elmarsa Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia
    1988         First Congress of Ceramics at Talavera de la Reina, Spain
    1988         Concourse Gallery, Barbican Centre, London, UK
    1984        Galeria Milani, New York, USA
    1984        Almuñécar, Spain - alongside Picasso, Mirò, Artigas, Anrico, Mestre, etc.

    PRIZES & AWARDS (selection)

    2004       National Award from the Ministry of Culture of Tunisia
    2002       International Grand Prix, Vietri sul Mare, Italy
    2002       National Award from the Ministry of Culture of Tunisia
    1993       Honorary Award of the 4th World Triennial, Exhibition of small ceramics Ceramics in Zagreb, Yugoslavia
    1991       Honorary Award of the 3rd World Triennial, Exhibition of small ceramics Ceramics in Zagreb, Yugoslavia

    PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (selection)

    Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
    Develt Güsel Sanatlar Galerisi, Antalya, Turkey
    Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
    Museu de la Ceramica, Barcelona, Spain
    Ariana Museum-International Museum of Ceramic, Geneva, Switzerland
    British Museum and Museum of Mankind, London, UK
    Museum voor Volkenkunde, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, Japan
    City Museum of Modern Art, Tunis, Tunisia
    Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
    Zagreb City Museum, Zagreb, Croatia
    Seto City Art Museum, Japan
    Museo delle Trame Mediterrane, Gibellina Vecchia TP, Italy
    Musée des Beaux-arts, Mons, Belgium
    Museum of Ceramics, Grottaglie, Italy