RUTH ARION 1912-1998


Ruth Arion was a multidisciplinary artist. She painted, sculpted, worked with mixed media, including Oriental Sumie painting, artistic enamel and jewelry, oils, charcoal, acrylics, synthetic materials. She was an artist who never stopped learning, studying new fields of theory and expressing them in her daily artistic practice. Ruth Arion was a member of the Israeli Artists Association, and of the Artists Village in Ein Hod, where she lived until her death in 1998.
Born in Breslau, Germany, 1912.

Was accepted to the Bauhaus, but her studies were interrupted because of political events. Student at the School of Art and Design in Breslau, studied Art History at the University of Breslau, Germany.

1933 – Immigrated to Israel and settled in Kibbutz Gesher (Ashdot Yacob)
1935 – Haifa. Learned the arts of ceramics and sculpture with Hedwig Grossman and Rudi Lehman
1936 – Kibbutz Mishmar Haemek
1938-1948 – Completed her studies at Haifa and Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem with Ludwig Yona, Steihardt, Ardon
1948 – Tel Aviv. Continued to study drawing with Marcel Janco and was inspired by his concept, according to which, art has to be intermingled with artistic craft.
Began to study enamel and was the first artist to paint abstract enamels in Israel.
Was introduced to Zen studies by the head monk of the Buddhist Monastery Rio Takuji.
1954 – Settled in the newly-founded artist village of Ein Hod.
Married to Moshe Dagan – journalist, musician and a great supporter of the arts
1960 – Gustavsberg, Sweden. Learned the art of industrial enamel work with Via Vioti
1970 –Chosen by the Ministry of Education to stay in the Cite des Arts, Paris.
Studied calligraphy and Sumie ink drawing under the instruction of the Korean master Ung-No-Lee.

One-person exhibitions:
1950 – Katz Gallery, Tel Aviv
1960 – Chemerinski Art Gallery, Tel Aviv
1961 – Journalists House (Beit Sokolov), Tel Aviv – first enamels exhibition in Israel
1963 – Woodstock Gallery, London – oils and enamels
1964 – Rodin Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1966 – Ein Hod Gallery
1969 – Saga Molin Gallery, Hallagarden, Sweden – watercolors
1970 – Nora Art Gallery, Jerusalem
1971 – Old Jaffa Gallery, Jaffa
1973 – Rotschild House, Haifa – enamels
1974 – Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1981 – Municipal Museum of Ramat Gan – multi-media exhibition
1987 – Villa Clemetine, Wiesbaden, Germany – multi-media exhibition
1988 – Waldersdorf Gallery, Trier, Germany
1990 – Ein Hod Gallery
1991 – Artist House, Tel Aviv
1999 – Commemorative retrospective, Ein Hod Gallery

Group exhibitions:
1954 – Artist House, Jerusalem
1958 – Artist House, Haifa
1962 – Tel Aviv Museum of Arts
1975 – Israeli Artists in Frankfurt, Germany
1976 – International Exhibition, San Diego, California
1978 – Biennale enamel, Limoges, France
1978 – Triennale enamel, Tokyo, Japan
1975 – Israel Exhibition, Frankfurt

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