Organized by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in collaboration with Bill Viola Studio and curated by Arturo Galansino and Kira Perov, “Bill Viola. Rinascimento Elettronico” is a major retrospective celebrating the undisputed master of contemporary video art.
Hosted from March 10 to July 23, 2017 in a unitary exhibition between Piano Nobile and Strozzina, the exhibition traces – through extraordinary experiences of immersion between space, image and sound – the career of Bill Viola from his first experiments in the 70s up to the large installations produced after the year 2000.
Exploring spirituality, experience and perception, Viola researches humanity: people, bodies, faces are the protagonists of his works; all characterized by a poetic and highly symbolic style with which man is called to interact with nature’s forces and energies: water and fire, light and dark, the cycle of life and the one of rebirth.
The Renaissance setting of Palazzo Strozzi proves to be instrumental to highlight and reinforce the constant theme of the videos and installations displayed, which is the constituted by the extraordinary dialogues and juxtapositions that Viola creates between the great Renaissance masterpieces and his productions.
Ilona Catani Scarlett