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Almine Rech

Portrait of Serge Poliakoff, 1968

© Alexis Poliakoff - Courtesy of the Estate and Almine Rech

Almine Rech is honored to announce its collaboration with the Estate of Serge Poliakoff.

On the occasion of Paris+ par Art Basel 2023, the gallery will be presenting a historic work from 1950. This inaugural presentation will be followed by a solo exhibition next year of the artist's work at Almine Rech Paris. 

Serge Poliakoff (Moscow, January 8, 1900 – October 12, 1969) was a Russian-born French modernist painter belonging to the 'New' École de Paris (Tachisme). 

Poliakoff's early life was marked by upheaval and displacement due to political unrest in Russia. He fled the country during the Russian Revolution and eventually settled in Paris in the 1920s. 
Poliakoff was exposed to the avant-garde art movements of the time, particularly Cubism and Fauvism, which influenced his early work. Over time, he developed his unique style, moving towards pure abstraction. His paintings often featured bold, contrasting colors and abstract forms that conveyed a sense of rhythm and movement. Poliakoff's work was a fusion of his Russian heritage and the contemporary European art scene. With these influences, Poliakoff quickly came to be considered one of the most powerful painters of his generation. 

His works are now displayed in a large number of museums abroad: Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Phillips Collection (Washington D.C.), MoMA (New York), Tate (London), The Art Institute of Chicago, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), among others. In 2014, The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris devoted a large-scale retrospective to the abstract painter which included 150 works from the period 1946–1969.

"I am delighted to be starting a collaboration with the heirs of Serge Poliakoff. I have admired Poliakoff's work for many years, and the most important currents and artists of Eastern abstraction, such as Constructivism, Kandinsky and the Delaunays, have all been absorbed by him in a completely original work. His unique, radical vocabulary is distinctive and looking at his paintings the eye gradually perceives the artist's elaborate, sensitive use of form and color.

Poliakoff's work considerably enriches the gallery's program of abstract works of the 20th century."

— Almine Rech