From June 23 until November 07, 2021 the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), in collaboration with the Takis Foundation – Research Center for the Art and the Sciences, presents a major exhibition of iconic sculptures by the internationally acclaimed visual artist Takis (Panayiotis Vassilakis, 1925-2019).
The exhibition entitled Τakis: Cosmos In Motion, realized thanks to a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), will feature 46 representative works by the leading Greek artist at the SNFCC’s public spaces, and will serve as an introduction to his work for the new generation, as well as providing those already familiar with it a fresh perspective on its importance.
In keeping with the SNFCC’s commitment, from its inception, to redefine the relationship between citizens and public space, the exhibitions staged at the SNFCC intend to demonstrate the importance of Art in the public space. Subsequently, and marking, at long last, our return to the physical experience of art, Takis’ sculptures engage the SNFCC’s visitors, as well as Renzo Piano’s building itself, in conversation, in a place where people of all ages come together and interact.
Among the artworks featured in the exhibition are Takis’ emblematic Aeolians, Light Signals and Signal-Archimedes’ Screw, and Fireworks, as well representative works from 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 around the artist’s exploration of the laws of nature, the cosmic forces of the universe, in his attempt to give invisible forces a physical dimension. Takis’ work is an amalgam that draws from a wide range of concepts and experiences – from intensive scientific research all the way to ancient philosophy and spirituality – and forges a unique vision that continues to evolve to this very day, through our interaction with his artworks.
As part of the exhibition, the SNFCC will run educational and school programs and workshops for children and adults alike, inspired by Takis’ sculptures.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Syggrou Avenue 364
17674 Kallithea, Athens, Greece