New Bill Viola exhibition Electronic Renaissance opens this Friday

Bill Viola, Emergence 2002. Color HD video, 11:40 minutes, rear projection on screen mounted on wall in dark room. Performers: Weba Garretson, John Hay, Sarah Steben. 213 x 213 cm. Courtesy Bill Viola Studio.

Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance is a significant exhibition celebrating this unchallenged master of video art, opening at the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi this Friday March 10th.

A single, comprehensive exhibition occupying both the Piano Nobile and the Strozzina will immerse you in space, music and sound as you track the career of this artist from his early experimental work in the 1970s right up to his monumental installations of the 21st century.

Exploring spirituality, experience and perception, Viola probes humanity: people, bodies and faces are the leading players in his work with its poetic and strongly symbolic style in which man interacts with the forces and energies of nature such as water and fire, light and dark, the cycle of life and the cycle of rebirth.

But more importantly, the Renaissance setting of Palazzo Strozzi fuels mesmerising interaction between the classic and the contemporary by fostering innovative dialogue between Viola’s work and the masterpieces of the great masters of the past, from which he has drawn his inspiration and which have marked the development of his artistic vocabulary and style.

Thus the exhibition is a celebration of Bill Viola’s special relationship with Florence, where his career in video art began when he was technical director of art/tapes/22, a video production and documentation centre, from 1974 to 1976. His bond with Tuscan history and art is further enhanced by the exhibition’s intense interaction with such museums and institutions as the Grande Museo del Duomo, the Gallerie degli Uffizi and the Museo di Santa Maria Novella in Florence, as well as with the cities of Empoli and Arezzo. Exhibition curated by Arturo Galansino, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi Director General and Kira Perov, Executive Director Bill Viola Studio

Bill Viola Electronic Renaissance March 10th–July 23rd, 2017
www.palazzostrozzi.org

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD magazine, a curation of the world’s most interesting culture, and Creative Director of FAD Agency, a strategy & creative agency working with brands to solve business problems using cultural tools. www.fad.agency In 2008 following his passion for art he founded what has grown to become FAD magazine. FAD magazine is internationally recognized as a key figure within the emerging and contemporary art world, and has been selected as official partner by organizations as diverse as Moniker Art Fair, START, Volta and Christie’s. In addition Mark is a columnist for City Magazine.