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.

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    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, Marburg, Germany
    2005       Ceramics, Seto City Art Museum, Japan
    2004-05   Keramik und Malerei”, Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
    2004       Badisches Landsmuseum, Museum beim Markt, 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)

    2017    1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, London, UK
    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