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 7 November 2021.
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.
The talk will discuss Takis’ life and career and focus on the ways he incorporated invisible energies as a “fourth dimension” in his work.
This experiential music workshop invites children into Takis’ visual and auditory world, acquainting them with his musical sculptures and encouraging them to interact with them. The children are introduced to concepts like magnetism, sound, frequency, energy, electromagnetic fields, vibration and oscillation through play and experimentation. We explore contemporary art, note its shapes and materials, observe the relationship between sound and its surroundings, discover how “strings, spheres, gears and antennae” can create music.
This is a movement and dance workshop led by the Aerites company’s choreographer, Patricia Apergi. Participants will be introduced to Takis’ musical works and interact and converse with them. We will start with an introduction to the musical world of the artist's works, which will allow us to discover the atmosphere, energy, ritual and “cosmic sounds” they bring forth and create. Each subsequent workshop will then focus on a single work, which will we try to understand and communicate with through movement.
A series of meetings entitled “An Introduction to Takis’ Solar Yoga”, an exercise invented by Takis and presented to the public for the first time, will be taking place this summer in the Stavros Niarchos Park in parallel with the Takis exhibition at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
A creative movement workshop which seeks to acquaint children with the core concepts of Physics through experiential play and improvisation. The concepts the workshops addresses all have a direct link to the work of Takis, in which the Greek sculptor explores electromagnetic forces, wind energy, light, space and other aspects of the natural world. His works are often referred to as kinetic sculptures.