From June 23 to November 7, 2021 the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), in collaboration with the Takis Foundation – Research Center for Art and Science (KETE), is mounting an extensive exhibition of emblematic works by internationally renowned sculptor Takis (Panagiotis Vasilakis, 1925-2019).
The exhibition entitled “Takis: A World in Motion”, funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (ISN), will exhibit 46 representative works by the leading Greek artist in the public space of the SNFCC, thus introducing a comprehensive body of his sculptures to a new generation, but also shedding new light on his significant work for those who already know it.
The long term objective of the SNFCC exhibitions, which from the beginning of its operation wishes to redefine its visitors’ relationship with the public space, is to highlight the importance of art within it. So in a return after a long time to a live visual experience, the sculptures of Takis come to converse with visitors and Renzo Piano’s building, in a place of interaction and the meeting up of all age groups.
The exhibition works include Takis’ emblematic Aeolians, Luminous Signals, Archimedes’ Screws, Fireworks, but also pieces from his Musical Sculptures, Magnetic Walls-The 4th Dimension, Spirals, Electric Barrels, Flowers and Spheres.
Whether seen as a whole or separately, the works form a “world in motion” that visitors can explore and connect with in an exhibition that focuses, among other things, on the artist’s involvement with the laws of physics, the cosmic forces of the universe, in the artist’s attempt to materially express the invisible forces. Takis’s work stems from the synthesis of a wide range of ideas and experiences – from intensive scientific research to ancient philosophy and spirituality – and forges a unique vision that continues to evolve even today through our interaction with his work.
As part of the exhibition, the SNFCC will carry out educational and school programmes, as well as workshops for children and adults taking the sculptures of Takis as their starting point.