Serge Poliakoff, 'Le Rêve des formes'
Champs Élysées and western Paris
Until Sun Feb 23 2014
/ Musée des Beaux-Arts de Liège © ADAGP Paris, 2013
Time Out says
Posted: Thu Aug 22 2013
When he left Russia, surviving on his talents as a guitarist, Serge Poliakoff travelled through Turkey, Sofia, Belgrade, Berlin and Paris, finally ending up in London, where he lived in the middle of the 1930s. In the British capital, he discovered both abstract art and Egyptian sarcophagi, whose colours greatly affected him. His painting, which up until this point had been very academic, suddenly left behind all traditional representation. He became friends with Kandinsky and Delaunay and moved to Paris, becoming one of the most radical aesthetes of the abstract art movement.
The Musée d'Art Moderne has developed its exhibition around 150 key works painted between 1946 and 1969, retracing some of the most exciting years for one of the most modern painters of his era. Poliakoff's admirers included Yves Saint Laurent, Greta Garbo and Yul Brunner, and the exhibition attempts to make explicit all the richness of the explorations of this champion of abstraction, who never ceased to look deeper into the relations between form, colour, line and light.
Poliakoff is very much in favour in Paris this autumn, as the Musée Maillol is also showing an exhibition of his gouaches.