Guided visit to "Bill Viola. Mirrors of the Unseen"
Bill Viola (New York, Protected content one of the most notable and renowned artists on the international scene. Regarded as a pioneer of video art, he uses sophisticated audiovisual technologies with great mastery to explore and express his constant interest in what it means to be human and in the transitory nature of life.
In his work, Viola addresses universal themes such as birth, death, pain, grief, redemption and the passing of time, clearing the way for the senses to channel feelings and to generate particular moods. In his wordless creations, the image is felt and heard, and stirs and reveals deep emotions. Movement slowed down and looped immerses the viewer in an inner world, exploring in depth fundamental experiences of existence to ‘awaken the soul’. His works, of extraordinary intensity and beauty, are unique and profoundly moving.
The exhibition ‘Bill Viola. Mirrors of the Unseen’ offers an extensive survey of the career of this artist, who has evolved in tandem with the advances in video technology over the last 40 years. The selection of works includes major pieces from Viola’s early days, such as ‘The Reflecting Pool‘ ( Protected content ), to more recent creations, among them four works from the Martyrs series, derived from the permanent installation ‘Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water)’, commissioned by St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and inaugurated in Protected content .
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