Through the audio walk, discover the course of the career of internationally acclaimed visual artist Takis and his emblematic works, which are exhibited in the public spaces of the SNFCC.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Takis Foundation - Research Center for the Art and the Sciences, is staging a major exhibition of iconic sculptures by the internationally-acclaimed visual artist Takis (Panayiotis Vassilakis, 1925–2019) between 23 June and 14 November 2021..
With Takis’ series of works with magnets and iron filings as our launch pad, and through comprehensible examples and personal experiences, we will awaken the world of our imagination with a magnet. We will follow a sequence of visual art experiments to create our own works of art, while deepening our understanding of the concept of energy flow in nature and in art. A dance of filings and lines will bring to life natural phenomena, magical creatures, stories and, of course, all of our energy to create!
On the occasion of the Takis: World in Motion exhibition held at the Cultural Center this autumn, Vlefaro live cinema and visual artist Angeliki Bozou are running a series of visual arts workshops inspired by Takis’ sculptures.
During these sessions, participants will engage in an educational process based on experience and experimentation, which is the visual artist’s area of research.
Sculptor or inventor? Art or Science? Can you have both at once?
In this workshop, we will use creative ways to show the participants how art can be combined with technology, and what we can create when an artist’s experimentations meet the ingenuity of a scientist.
Using the basic forms from Takis’ sculptures – such as spirals, spheres and aerials, as our starting point, we will construct our own sculptural objects, giving a new lease of life to everyday, second-hand objects (upcycling), as Takis did. Participants will explore a diverse selection of objects, to find the ones that are able to be transformed into something other than their regular use, to be transformed into symbols and configured into new sculptural propositions.
In this series of workshops for our younger friends, Takis’ art becomes an important tool for education as well as their mental and emotional development!
Taking the Takis sculptures on display in the Stavros Niarchos Park as its starting point, this workshop draws inspiration from the work of the self-taught artist, and more specifically from the movement he gives his work through the use of magnetic fields, but also from the way he situates his work in public space and, in so doing, redefines the viewer’s relationship to that space.