Born on 8 January in Moscow
In the course of the October Revolution flight from Russia to Constantinople. Here he meets his aunt, the singer Nastia Poliakoff, and goes on concert tours through Europe with her as a guitarist.
Stays in Sofia, Belgrade, Vienna and Berlin; branch office in Paris; teaching at the Drawing and painting as well as mechanics; he earns his living playing the guitar, Performances in Russian cabarets and as an extra in films
Studied painting at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Montparnasse
Continuation of studies at the Académie Fronchot in Montmatre under Othon Friesz
Participation in an exhibition at the Drouant Gallery
Admission to the Salon des Artistes français
acquaintance -- and the following year - marriage to Marcelle Perreur Lloyd; stay in London, visit to the Grosvenor School of Art
Students of the Slade School of Art
Return to Paris; exhibition at the Galerie Zak; encounters with Wassily Kandinsky and Otto Freundlich, as well as participation in the painting evenings with Robert and Sonia Delaunay lead to Poliakoff's breakthrough into abstraction.
Participation in the Salon des Indépendants until the end of the war
Birth of the only son, Alexis Poliakoff
Prix de la Piste á l'Ecrau (Jury: Fernand Léger, Kees van Dongen, Marcel Gromaire); Galerie Le Niveau shows Poliakoff's first abstract painting, followed by a solo exhibition of his abstract paintings at Galerie L'Esquisse, mediated by Kandinsky, ground-breaking success
Beginning of the graphic work
First acquisition of a Poliakoff painting for a public collection by the Museum of Grenoble
Use of the gouache technique when staying outside the studio
First solo exhibition abroad at Tokanten Gallery, Copenhagen; further exhibitions at Circle and Square Gallery, New York
Solo exhibition at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels
In addition to solo exhibitions in Paris, Cologne and Amsterdam galleries, Poliakoff is given his own space for his paintings within the exhibition "Current Trends in the Paris School" at the Kunsthalle Bern; Summer in Deauville.
First monograph by Michel Ragon published by Georges Fall
Exhibition of the gouaches in the Galerie Berggruen in Paris; solo exhibition in the Galleria del Naviglio in Milan and in the Modern Gallery Otto Stangl in Munich.
Museum exhibitions in Basel, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Düsseldorf
Visit to the Malevich retrospective at the Kunsthalle Bern; participation in Documenta II
Solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern
Exhibition at the Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover
Participation in Documenta III
Participated in the Tokyo Biennale and the Mentone Biennale, where he was awarded the Grand Prix.
Serge Poliakoff died 12 October in Paris.