Unexhibited Collection from the Georgian National Museum

Date: 19 July 2006 – 19 August 2006

Museum: Tbilisi History Museum

Georgian National Museum Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum invites you at the opening of the personal exhibition by Shalom Koboshvili (1876-1941). Opening event will take place on 19th of July 2006 at 4 p.m. The exhibition is dedicated to Shalom Koboshvili's 130th anniversary.

Due to this special data the Georgian National Museum presents Shalom Koboshvili's  personal exhibition and the first catalogue of his complete works in Georgian, English, Hebrew and Russian languages.

The first exhibition took place before his death in 1940, at the Jews of Georgia Historic-ethnographic museum, which was situated in the building of the old Synagogue (1933-1951).

In 1991-1992 Koboshvili's four pictures were exposed at the exhibition "In the land of the Golden Fleece" in Israel, at the Museum of Jews' Diaspora, named after Naum Goldman in Tel-Aviv.

In 1998 for celebration the 2600th anniversary, due to inculcation of Hebrews in Georgia, 25 works, as well as other exposes, were displayed at the exhibition "26 centuries together" at the  Georgian National Gallery.

Solomon (Shalom) Koboshvili was born in Akhaltsikihe in 1876, in the family of poor Jew. At the age of eight, he was sent to study in "Heder" (the religion school of the Jews), at Rabin's.  He spent four years there. Because of the financial difficulties and hardness he was not able to receive the proper education. He learned the alphabet by means of street inscription and the books, presented by his aunt. While visiting his aunt in Batumi, he learned painting. His uncle even gave him as a pupil in the printing-house. But unfortunately he was banned to paint by his parents, owing to religious views.

Since then Shalom Koboshvili had very difficult and hard life.

He settled in Tbilisi with his wife and eight children. In 1937 he started a job as a watchman in the Historic-ethnographic museum of the Jews. That so-called non-sufficient fact made a great change in his life. After arriving there he was observing the current changes attentively. Soon afterwards he picked up the pencil, all by himself, at first by imitating other painters and later by prompting of his soul. His dream came true.

By means of his intuition and inborn skill, shortly afterwards Koboshvili's creative work magnificently evaluated.

His memories, deeply forgotten in childhood, were conjuring up from the past his life in Akhaltsikhe in the end of XIX century, his birthplace. Once he showed and experienced, is vividly and figuratively expressed in his works, Shalom Koboshvili  renewaled the life, customs and habits, religious and ritual traditions of the Jews' ( from Akhaltsikhe) various level representatives of that epoch. All his material is an excellent source for ethnography. It is worth mentioning that all his creative work can be divided into definite thematic cycles. Presented in a very interesting way: wedding cycle, the religious-ritual, the Synagogue, item existing genre, dancing, historical subject, trading.

The painter reflects the scenes in simple, understanding ways, he emphasizes the minor at one point, unimportant moments. And in this way he creates the self-mannered documentary-narrative pictures.

The creative work and personality of Shalom Koboshvili is unique and is worthy the special attention, because he was the first Jewish painter in Georgia and his works are connected with Judaica.

All 55 famous  masterpieces of Shalom Koboshvili nowadays are kept in funds of the Ethnography department of the Georgian National Museum named after S. Janashia. 

Address: Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum, (Karvasla) 8 Sioni Street. Tbilisi, Georgia.