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Meet the electrifying Greek artist still pulling in crowds - and selling sculptures for six figures - at 93 

Takis Magnetic Wall 9 
Takis, Magnetic Wall 9 (red), 1961

Tate is celebrating the acquisition of a collection of 18 works by Takis, the 93-year-old Greek artist, with an exhibition – his largest ever in Britain – that opens tomorrow. To many it will be a revelation – rooms full of tall, spindly antennae he calls Signals, with lights on the top, and clicking mechanical objects driven by electromagnetic energy.

Takis (real name Panagiotis Vassilakis) was one of the instigators of kinetic art in the Sixties, and Frances Morris, the director of Tate Modern, says the exhibition fits with her plans to “revisit and examine in depth the period’s under-recognised artists.”

Takis, Magnetic Fields, 1969

In doing so, she has the assistance of former art critic Guy Brett, who is an expert on...

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