Serge Poliakoff

- Selected Works
- Biography

Born in Russia, Serge Poliakoff (Russian, 1906–1969) was a Paris-based painter associated with the European expressionist Taschisme movement and the CoBrA group. Poliakoff fled his home city of Moscow during the Russian Revolution in 1917, and made his way from Constantinople to Paris over the course of six years, supporting himself by playing the guitar. In Paris, he attended the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, where he worked in a traditionally academic style.

On a 1935 trip to London, however, he encountered the abstractions of Egyptian art and, influenced by the work of Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), Robert Delaunay (1885–1941), and Otto Freundlich (1878–1943), developed his own style of abstract painting featuring interlocking areas of color. In the 1940s, his palette was confined to variegated shades of grey and black, while in the 1950s, he expanded his selection to include bright colors. By the 1960s, Poliakoff was an established painter and earned an entire room in the 1962 Venice Biennial. At the end of his life, he suffered health troubles, leading to the production of smaller scale paintings and lithographs. He died in Paris in 1969.

- Exhibitions
  • 2016

    Serge Poliakoff - Cheim & Read, New York City, NY

  • 2015

    Serge Poliakoff - Silent Paintings - Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

  • 2013

    Serge Poliakoff - The Dreams of Forms - Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
    Serge Poliakoff – Gouaches De 1948 À 1969 - Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris

  • 2010

    im Studio: Serge Poliakoff - Galerie Boisserée, Cologne
    Serge Poliakoff - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Pont-Aven, Pont Aven

  • 2009

    Serge Poliakoff - Lorenzelli Arte, Milan
    Serge Poliakoff - Architekt einer bildnerischen Poesie - Galerie Ludorff, Dusseldorf
    Serge Poliakoff - Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris

  • 2008

    Rétrospective Serge Poliakoff - Beaux-Arts Mons (BAM), Mons
    Serge Poliakoff - Neuerwerbungen auf Papier - Galerie Art 204, Dusseldorf
    Poliakoff - Fondation Fernet Branca, Saint-Louis

  • 2007

    Serge Poliakoff - Galerie Proarta, Zurich
    Serge Poliakoff - Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich
    Serge Poliakoff – Retrospektive - Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden

  • 2006

    Serge Poliakoff - Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld

  • 2005

    Poliakoff - Rétrospective des gouaches - Musée de Millau et des Grands Causses, Millau
    Serge Poliakoff - Galerie Art 204, Dusseldorf
    Serge Poliakoff - Original und Grafik - Galerie Art 204, Dusseldorf

  • 2004

    La Saison des Gouaches - Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris
    Serge Poliakoff - La saison des gouaches - Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris

  • 2003

    Serge Poliakoff (Moskau 1900 - 1969 Paris) - Galerie Döbele GmbH, Dresden

  • 2000

    Serge Poliakoff - Galerie Proarta, Zurich

  • 1997

    Serge Poliakoff - Eine Retrospektive - Museum Würth, Künzelsau

  • 1990

    Serge Poliakoff: Bilder, Lithographien aus der Erker-Presse - Erker-Galerie, St. Gallen

  • 1989

    Serge Poliakoff - Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg
    Serge Poliakoff - Galerie Proarta, Zurich

  • 1986

    Serge Poliakoff - Farbträger: Stille - Galerie am Markt, Schwäbisch Hall

  • 1977

    Poliakoff: Gouaches, 1944-1969 - Galerie de France, Paris

  • 1976

    Serge Poliakoff - Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden

  • 1975

    Poliakoff - Musée des beaux-arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds, La Chaux-de-Fonds

  • 1974

    Retrospective, Fabre Museum Montpellier, France

  • 1971

    Exposition Poliakoff, Tel-Aviv Museum Tel-Aviv, Israël

  • 1969

    Retrospective, Despiau-Wlerick Museum Mont-de-Marsan, France
    Galleria del Naviglio Venice, Italy

  • 1968

    Retrospective, Maison de la Culture de Caen Caen, France

  • 1966

    Retrospective, Saint-Gall Museum

  • 1963

    Retrospective, Whitechapel Art Gallery London, England

  • 1962

    Biennale de Venise, Venice, Italy

  • 1961

    Efteraars-Udstilligen, Palais Charlottenborg Copenhagen, Danemark

  • 1958

    International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh, PA
    50 ans d'Art Moderne, Brussels, Belgium

  • 1946

    Centre des Recherches Paris, France

  • 1945

    Salon de Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France

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