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Greek sculptor Takis dies at 93

Takis was famous for his contribution to "kinetic" art, which uses motion, light and color to create a sensory experience. A large collection of his work is currently on display at the Tate Modern in London.

A Takis installation currently on display at the Tate Modern in London

A Takis installation currently on display at the Tate Modern in London

Takis, a world-renowned Greek sculptor famous for his artwork using moving lights, shapes and colors, died Friday at 93, according to his foundation in Athens. 

Over his 70-year career, Takis was a pioneering figure in the 20th century "kinetic" art movement, in which works of art use movement, or the impression of movement, to create a powerful visual effect. He was also well-known for large displays of art in public places. 

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Greek sculptor Takis died on August 9, 2019

Takis pictured in 2001 with one of his installations at an Athens metro station

Announcing his death on Facebook, the Takis Foundation said the artist was a "true pioneer, innovator and legend."

"A prolific and visionary mind, whose ingenuity, passion and imagination was endless, Takis explored many artistic and scientific horizons, as well as music and theater, and redefined the boundaries in contemporary art."

Takis was born Panagiotis Vassilakis in Athens in 1925, and served in the Greek resistance to Nazi occupation of the country during World War II.

Inspired by Picasso, Giacometti and classical Greek sculpture, Takis moved to Paris in the 1950s, where he first gained attention for his avant-garde use of magnetic fields, technology, electricity and light. According to his foundation, Takis also spent time working in the US and Britain.

People walk through an art installation entitled Le Bassin by Greek sculptor Panagiotis Vassilakis, also known as Takis, in the La Defense business district in suburban Paris, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background

Some of Takis' works were placed in public places, with people mingling among the sculptures

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On Friday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted condolences, describing Takis as a "worldwide Greek, a pioneer, heretical, inexhaustibly creative, he opened new avenues in art."

The Tate Modern art museum in London is currently running a solo exhibition of Takis' work until October 27, which the museum has described as "some of the most innovative art of the 20th century."

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wmr/msh  (AFP, Reuters, AP)