Inhabiting the former home of the artist to which the museum is dedicated, Beit Rubin consists of a small, focused collection that offers insight into the artist’s oeuvre and biography. Reuven Rubin is considered one of Israel’s great icons, a visionary painter who came to embody the spirit of the emerging country through works highlighting the beauty and spiritual wealth of both the land and its people. Exposed to the thriving artistic communities of Prewar Paris and New York, Rubin would draw on his influences from abroad while distilling his own artistic style.
The artist became a central figure in Jewish Palestine’s first native modern art movement, named Eretzisraeli, which translates to ‘of the land of Israel’. This unique style of art drew many references to Cezanne and Henri Rousseau, characterized by a modern yet almost naïve form that accentuated the spiritual facets of the subjects captured.
Located in one of the city’s most beautiful streets, the Rubin House was constructed in the International, or Bauhaus style that had become an iconic aspect the White City. The four-story structure houses a permanent and temporary exhibit, as well as classroom facilities and a lounge area for guests. A visit to the museum will be short and enjoyable; a wonderful option for a cultural-themed day in Tel Aviv.