One of the most beautiful places to Visit lies in the heart of Tel Aviv in a little house at 14 Bialik Street. This house was once home to the famous Israeli artist Reuven Rubin, who was not only a world renowned painter but also the first Israeli ambassador to Romania during the late 1940's. It was here at the house on Bialik Street that this famous artist lived from the 1940's until his death in the 1970's and where people can now view his award winning work. (for more tips please visit: http://telaviv-travel.net/)
Reuven Rubin was originally Romanian and moved to Israel to study art at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem in 1912. From there he travelled and studied in France at the turn of the century until finally residing permanently in Israel.
During his life as a painter, Rubin became one of the founders of the Eretz-Yisrael style of painting. At a time when painters were portraying their native landscapes, Rubin was painting his landscape in a very innocent fashion, paying attention to the almost translucent light play of the scenery and being sensitive to the people of the land he painted.
Rubin was a renowned artist even in his own time. Unlike many artists who became famous after their life, Rubin was famous during his life and was the first person to have a solo exhibition in the Jerusalem Tower of David. In 1973 he was awarded the Israel Prize for painting.
The Ruben museum itself has four parts. In the lower part of the house is a children's workshop which opens into a bright beautiful backyard for the kids to enjoy the fresh air and sun. The main level of the house is the gallery which displays select pieces of Rubin's work. These choice paintings are changed periodically. There is a smaller gallery and a library with a reading room on the second story of the house, giving visitor's a quiet place to reflect on the late artist's masterful creations and to read up on his life and work. Finally, on the upper level is what was once the late artist's personal studio which now displays historical photos, sketches of art, and documents relating to Rubin's life and work,
Although the Rubin Museum is primarily about the artist himself and his own paintings, there are occasional pieces of work from local renowned artists on display for observers to see in the spirit of keeping up with the cultural scene and giving local artists the chance to display their work.
The Museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. The visiting hours vary depending on the day, however, it is mostly accommodating to those who are around town in mid-afternoon. Because it is also very family friendly, unlike other museums, this is one you can definitely take the children. Admission is free for children and the workshop area in the basement of the house will give the kids something to do while you go and look at the library or take a quiet reflective stroll through the gallery admiring the work of this brilliant artist.
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