The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), 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.
The exhibition, which is entitled Τakis: Cosmos In Motion, was made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Presenting 46 representative works by the leading Greek artist in the public spaces of the SNFCC, the show will introduce Takis to a new generation, as well as providing those already familiar with his work with a fresh perspective on its significance.
Exhibitions staged at the SNFCC seek to demonstrate the importance of Art in public space--this in keeping with the commitment made at its inception to redefining the relationship between citizens and public space. Marking a welcome return to the physical experience of art, Takis’ sculptures thus engage in conversation both the SNFCC’s visitors and Renzo Piano’s building in a space where people of all ages come together and interact.
The artworks featured in the exhibition include Takis’ emblematic Aeolians, Light Signals-Archimedes’ Screw, and Fireworks, as well representative works from his “Musicals”, “Magnetic Wall / The 4th Dimension”, “Spirals”, “Electrical Barrels”, “Flowers” and “Spheres” series.
Collectively and individually, Takis’ works comprise a world in motion, a world which visitors can explore and connect to in an exhibition centered on the artist’s exploration of the laws of nature, the cosmic forces of the universe, and on his attempt to give invisible forces a physical dimension. Takis’ work is an amalgam which draws on concepts and experiences ranging from intensive scientific research to ancient philosophy and spirituality to forge a unique vision that continues to evolve today through our interaction with his artworks.
The SNFCC will be running educational and school programs/workshops inspired by Takis’ sculptures for both children and adults in the context of the exhibition.