Exhibition of works by Serge Sharshun

S. Sharshun. Deep Sea. 1948. Oil on canvas. 97,0 x 130,0

Through June 6–July 16 the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow will host an exhibition of works by a Russian avant-garde artist Serge Sharshun. Then, through August 24–September 25 Sharshun’s paintings will be on view at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

The showcase comprises about sixty masterpieces by the famous Russian emigrant. Alongside Max Ernst, Hans Arp, Man Ray and Francis Picabia Sharshun was an active member of the Dada movement in Europe. Picasso wrote about Sharshun: «I recognize only two artists: Juan Gris and Serge Sharshun».

Sharshun’s life and oeuvre is practically unknown to the wide public in Russia. Organizers of the event hope that the coming exhibition will be a success with visitors. Sharshun’s works are very fine and delicate; one should be in a special mood in order to understand them properly.

S. Sharshun. Object. 1928. Oil on canvas. 73,0 x 92,0

Sergei Sharshun was born on August 17, 1888 in the town of Buguruslan in the Samara province. In 1910, the artist went to Moscow and was enrolled in the army, but left to Paris and Berlin in 1912.
In Paris Sharshun became the student of Jean Metzinger and Henri Le Fauconnier. World War I made the artist move to Barcelona. In Spain, he exhibited his works at «Josep Dalmau» gallery.

In 1920, Sharshun returned to Paris and became an active participant of the Dada movement. Feeling nostalgic, in 1922 the artist decided to go back to Russia. However, in Berlin he got acquainted with Isadora Duncan. She told the artist about the situation in Soviet Russia and Sharshun changed his mind.

S. Sharshun. Purist composition. 1928. Oil on canvas. 65,0 x 92,0

In Berlin Sharshun’s works were displayed at the gallery «Der Sturm». Together with El Lisitsky, Puni and Yavlensky Sharshun took part in the exhibition «Grosse Berliner Ausstellung». He was one of the founders of the «Troubadour Dada» magazine.
Sharshun’s works were displayed at various art galleries throughout Europe. In 1965, the artist took part in Dada retrospective in Zurich. His solo exhibition was held at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris in 1971.

Serge Sharshun died in 1975 and was buried at the Russian cemetery in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois.

The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Moscow, 10 Volkhonka Street
Tel.: +7 (495) 203 1546

The State Russian Museum, Benoit pavilion
St. Petersburg, 2 Griboedov canal emb.
Tel.: +7 (812) 595 4248

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