Branko Ve Poljanski

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Born October 22, 1898(1898-10-22)
Sošice near Jastrebarsko, Austria-Hungary
Died 1947
Paris, France

Branko Ve Poljanski (Branislav Micić, also known as Valerij, Vij, Virgil, Ve Poljanski; 1898–1947), was a poet, actor, writer and painter.

He was educated at the Teacher Training College in Zagreb. In Ljubljana, in January 1921, he published a single issue of the Futurist-Expressionist review Svetokret, "an expedition to the North Pole of the human spirit". In Zagreb he co-founded the film review Kinofon (12 issues, 1921-22) and Dada-Jok (1922). In Prague he organized the art club Zenit, and spread Zenitist ideas. He participated in Revolučna scena, a new kind of cabaret in the German style, at the small theater, Adria. During 1921 he resided in Vienna and in 1922 in Berlin, where he met a number of artists from the Der Sturm circle. For Zenit, Poljanski published poems, fiction and comments on cultural events. In Ljubljana, Zagreb and Belgrade he organized Zenitist Evenings (independently or in collaboration with his brother Ljubomir Micic). In 1924 he participated in the First Zenit International Exhibition of New Art in Belgrade.

He acted as offical representative of 'Zenit in Paris from 1925 onwards. At that time, he began to devote his life exclusively to painting. He exhibited at the Gallery du Taureau (1929), at Zborowski Gallery (1930), which also occasioned him to published the Manifeste du Panréalisme [Manifesto of Panrealism], and in July 1929 at the Gallery La Renaissance, together with Braque, Picasso, Léger, Picabia, De Chirico, Soutine, Bonnard, Vuillard, Chagall, Bourdelle, Zadkine, etc. He also organized an important exhibition of modern Paris masters (Picasso, Chagall, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Lhote, Zadkine, Foujita, Survage etc.) in Belgrade and Zagreb (1926).

On 17 July 1927 he distributed 2000 copies of his books Tumbe and Chrveni petao on Terazije street in Belgrade which marked a symbolical break with his literary activity. Afterwards Poljanski moved to Paris, where he supported himself by painting. The last evidence of Poljanski dates to 1940, after which he vanished from sight. [1] [2]




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