The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in collaboration with Takis Foundation - Research Center for the Art and the Sciences (KETE), is welcoming at the Small Agora of the SNFCC two Signals of the world-renowned visual artist Takis (Panayiotis Vassilakis, 1925–2019).
The Signals, conceived by Takis during a visit at the Calais railway station, are the first series of works in which the artist crosses over from representation to abstraction and creates his first kinetic sculptures. These are works that assume various forms involving a variety of elements throughout Takis’s artistic journey, and the ones that made him globally known in the visual arts scene. At the top of the Signals there is an object-symbol of the industrial era, which influenced Takis in various aspects of his sculpture.
The two works, titled Aeolian (Signal) and Signal - Archimedes Screw are emblematic examples of Takis’s sculpture for the public space. The Aeolian (Signal), swiveling by the power of the wind at a quasi-choreographed pace, sways and renders visible to visitors the invisible power of the wind. The Archimedes Screw, a dominant element in both artworks, is suggestive of motion even when the sculpture is static. Inspired by the namesake invention of ancient Archimedes, the screw evokes a continuous, never-ending movement towards the universe, toward cosmic forces. Thus the “groundwork” is laid for a mode of communication between the real world and a world that is invisible and unknown to us.
Daily: Sunday 01/05 - Monday 31/10
The event is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).