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Takis

Takis Telelumiere 4 1963–4 Private collection, London © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018

Sculptor of magnetism, light and sound

Over a 70-year career, Takis (Panayiotis Vassilakis, born 1925) has created some of the most innovative art of the 20th century.

Takis's work seeks out the essential poetry and beauty of the electromagnetic universe. He was one of the most original artistic voices in Europe from the 1960s and remains a pioneering figure today.

This the largest exhibition of Takis's work ever held in the UK, bringing together over 70 works. Throughout his career he has produced antennae-like sculptures he calls Signals, and musical devices using magnets, electricity and viewer participation to generate resonant and random sounds. Such inventions earned Takis the admiration of the international avant-garde, ranging from the American Beat poets to artists such as Marcel Duchamp.

At Tate Modern visitors will encounter forests of Signal sculptures and magnetic objects inspired by radar. The thunderous sounds of Takis’s Musicales, his Silver Musical Sphere and his Gong will complete the journey.

This exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens.

Takis Magnetic Ballet 1961 Tate Purchased with assistance from Tate International Council, Tate Members, Tate Patrons and with Art Fund support 2019 © © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019​

Takis Magnetic Ballet 1961 Tate Purchased with assistance from Tate International Council, Tate Members, Tate Patrons and with Art Fund support 2019 © © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019​

Takis Télélumière Relief No. 5 1963-1965 Tate Presented by Tate Members 2018 © Takis

Takis Télélumière Relief No. 5 1963-1965 Tate Presented by Tate Members 2018 © Takis

Takis Telepainting 1964 Private Collection © Takis

Takis Telepainting 1964 Private Collection © Takis

Takis Radar 1960 Takis Foundation © Takis

Takis Radar 1960 Takis Foundation © Takis

Takis Electromagnetic Sphere 1979 Takis Foundation © Takis

Takis Electromagnetic Sphere 1979 Takis Foundation © Takis

Tate Modern

Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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Dates

3 July – 27 October 2019

Pricing

£13 / FREE for Members

Concessions £12

Family child 12–18 years £5

Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)

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Poetry in the Electromagnetic Universe

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Curator's Tour: Takis

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Tate Modern Private View

Members Hours: Takis

31 Aug 2019, 1 Sep 2019, 7 Sep 2019, 8 Sep 2019

See the exhibition in the morning hours before the gallery opens to the public