Bill Viola at PALAZZO STROZZI, FLORENCE
Bill Viola Electronic Renaissance will remain on view at Palazzo Strozzi until 23 July 2017. The exhibition surveys Viola’s oeuvre, from the experimental work of the 1970s to the recent monumental works (some recently presented at the Grand Palais in Paris) of the 2000s as an accomplished artist.
“Bill is one of the most important living artists. He is one of the fathers of video art and this is the biggest and most complete exhibition of his work. But not only. It is so much more than that. For the first time, his installations are presented together alongside the masterpieces that inspired them.” said Palazzo Strozzi director Arturo Galansino.
The Renaissance architecture of Palazzo Strozzi proves instrumental in reinforcing his inspiration and the crucial themes explored by Viola: from humanity, spirituality to religious reading. In Viola’s art, these explorations are often expressed through natural elements including water and fire. Bodies and faces, filmed in slow motion remain the conduit for these themes.
His relationship with Tuscany is special as the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Grande Museo del Duomo and the Museo di Santa Maria Novella in Florence, as well as the cities of Empoli and Arezzo have displayed his works before. The exhibition also enhances Viola’s relationship with the Italian city of Florence, the city where he continued to develop his career as a video artist. He was technical director of art/tapes/22, a video production and documentation centre, between 1974 and 1976.