Vassilakis Takis

Birth placeAthens, Greece Birth date1925

Vassilakis Takis was born in Athens in 1925. He is a Greek sculptor and experimental artist. His interest in sculpture began to take shape around 1946 when he made his first works within the classical tradition. This artist was a pioneer in the creation of new artistic forms using magnetism, light and sound.

In 1954 he traveled to London and Paris, his work being closely linked to the Signals Gallery in London: here he exhibited his Signals, abstract kinetic sculptures that tried to capture the invisible forces of nature, using the movement for it; being an example of this Signal Rocket (Signal Rocket, MOMA, 1955). In the sixties, after meeting Iris Clert, who encouraged him to work with iron, he decided to investigate the field of electromagnetism: working with objects that move in controlled magnetic fields and in which, sometimes, light effects and musical sounds are introduced. In 1972, a major retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Center National d'Art Contemporain in Paris.

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