I love strong women and I love the places in my city which can tell us stories about such women. If you walk on Kiacheli Street, where you can find plenty of bars and pubs, please walk carefully and pay attention to No 12. Right there is the House Museum of Elene Akhvlediani, one of the iconic women and interesting personalities who is often considered a symbol of Tbilisi.
Elene Akhvlediani, a famous Georgian painter, studied at the Tbilisi Academy of Art and then went to France. Paris was exactly the place where she began her successful career exhibiting her works and gaining popularity. After returning to Tbilisi she continued to paint. The interests of Akhvlediani were diverse and included painting, drawing, stage and costume design and book illustration. But she is best known as a master of landscape painting, especially the views of Tbilisi, the city in which she lived for many years and loved as her own, even though the artist was born and spent her childhood in a small and quite provincial town Telavi.
In 1939 she was given her own studio, which became a cultural centre of Tbilisi. Today it is her house museum. When you enter this museum, you can still feel the pleasant and warm atmosphere. The walls are full of paintings; you can smell the oil paints to this day and feel the soul of the painter.