Halim Al Karim Iraqi , b. 1963

B.1963 Nafjat Iraq


Halim Karim currently lives and works between Denver, USA and Dubai, UAE.

Karim studied ceramics at the Baghdad Academy of Fine Art before moving to the Netherlands in 1996 to take up a place at the Gerrit Reitveld Academy, Amsterdam.

He has presented solo exhibitions across the Middle East, Europe and the USA, including Baladna Gallery, Amman, Jordan (1992); Schauer Gallery, Paris, France (1994); 50x70 Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon (1995); Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics, Leeuwarden, Holland (2001); Gremillion Gallery, Houston, USA (2005) and AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland (2012).

His work has been widely exhibited in museums and institutions worldwide, including The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado (2007); The Paul Klee Museum, Bern, Switzerland (2009) and The ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany (2011). In 2011 Halim was selected to represent Iraq in the 54th Venice Biennale.

Halim's work is also part of numerous public collections, including the Saatchi Gallery, UK, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, USA; The Royal Association of Fine Arts, Jordan; Arab Museum of Contemporary Art, Qatar and Institut du Monde Arabe, France.



1983-1988 B.A. Ceramics, Baghdad Academy of Fine Arts 

1996-2000 Gerrit Reitveld Academy, Amsterdam, Holland 



2013, Eternal Love, XVA Gallery, UAE 

2013, Eternal Love, solo booth ART13, London 

2013, Halim Al Karim: Witness from Baghdad, Artspace, London, England 

2012, Hidden, Galeri Merkur, Istanbul, Turkey 

2012, Halim Al Karim, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France 

2012, Hidden Goddess, Nuova galleria Morone, Milan, Italy 

2012, Schizophrenia, AB Gallery, Luzern, Switzerland 

2012, Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France 

2011, Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul 

2011, XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE 

2011, NYU, Abu Dhabi, UAE 

2010, Witness From Baghdad, Darat Al Funun, Kuwait 

2009, XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE 

2008, Darat Al Funon, Kuwait 

2008, XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE 

2007, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, USA 

2006, XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE 

2005, Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA 

2005, Gremillion Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA 

2005, Espace SD, Beirut, Lebanon 

2005, XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE 

2004, Saifi Village-Quartier des Arts, Beirut, Lebanon 

2003, Four Walls Gallery, Amman, Jordan 

2001, Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics, Leeuwarden, Holland 

2000, Fibeitt Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland 

1996, L'Entretemps Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 

1995, 50x70 Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 

1994, Schauer Gallery, Paris, France 

1994, French Cultural Center, Amman, Jordan

1992, Baladna Gallery, Amman, Jordan



2013, Obscura, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong 

2012, Arab Express: The Latest Art From The Arab World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo 

2012, Artspace London Opening 

2011, Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Turkey 

2011, Iraqi Pavilion 54th Venice Biennale, Venice Italy 

2010, Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art from the Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE 

2010, Peripheral Vision, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE 

2010, Stux Gallery, New York, USA 

2010, Red Line Gallery, curated by Robishon Gallery, Colorado, USA 

2010, Milan Art Fair, Milan, Italy 

2010, Aspen Art, Colorado, USA 

2010, Behind the Mask, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, England 

2010, IF Galleria, Paris 

2009, Saatchi Gallery, London, England 

2009, Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai 

2009, Paul Klee Museum, Bern, Switzerland 

2009, Crossings Traversees, Rabat, Morocco 

2009, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong 

2009, Arti Campi Gallery, Verona, Italy 

2009, Art Abu Dhabi, UAE 

2008, Art Paris, Paris, France 

2008, Art Paris, Abu Dhabi, UAE 

2008, Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA 

2008, Radical Gallery, Zug, Switzerland 

2006, Pinceaux pour Plumes", Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon 

2006, Arteclásica 

2006 - 3ª Feria de Arte Clásico Contemporáne, El Centro Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2004, Ceramic Delft, Delft, Holland 

2003, Tegels, Corrosia Cultural Center, Almere Haven, Holland 

2001, Contemporary Ceramics in Lebanon, AUB, Beirut, Lebanon 

1999, Ceramic Millenium, Amsterdam, Holland

1999, Pictura, Dordrecht, Holland 

1998, Art Deco LA FIAD, Beirut, Lebanon 

1998, Global Ceramics 1, Landsmeer, Holland 

1998, Fleuris-98, Ede, Holland 

1998, Agial Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 

1997, Musee des Metiers de Mercure, Larochelle, France 

1996, Parterre Gallery, Sommelsdijk, Holland 

1996, Babel Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland 

1995, Salon des Art Decoratif – SAD, Beirut, Lebanon 

1994, Salon d'Automne, Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon 

1993, International Art Festival, Amman, Jordan



2010, Nominee, Sovereign Art Prize, Hong Kong, China 

2003, Sursock Museum Prize- Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon 

2001, Jury Prize for painting - International Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt 

1998, Ceramics Special Mention - Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon 

1995, Ceramics Special Mention - Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon 

1994, Sculpture Special Mention - Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon 



Arab Museum of Contemporary Art, Doha, Qatar 

Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE 

Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan Farjam Foundation, Dubai, UAE 

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Texas, USA 

L'Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA), Paris, France 

Royal Association of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan 

Saatchi Gallery, London, England 

Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong 

Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon 

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK 

Weng Art Foundation, Krefeld, Germany



2002, “Harbour of the Soul” - Bronze Sculpture - H460cmXW460cmXD6cm Royal Tropical Institute-Amsterdam, Holland 

2001 “An Oriental Dog's Dream”- Ceramic Mural -H250cmxW400cm.XD6cm Lootsstraat – Amsterdam, Holland