Bill Viola - Electronic Renaissance
The celebrated master of video art will be at the Palazzo Strozzi & Strozzina - March 10 through July 23
If you are fortunate to be in Florence between March 10th and July 23rd, don’t miss your chance to see “Electronic Renaissance”. The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi will be introducing the public to the celebrated and unchallenged master of video art – Bill Viola.
Born in 1951, Bill Viola is a contemporary video artist who expresses his art through electronic, sound, and image technology in New Media. His works focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness. Viola explores humanity through its experience, spirituality and perception, using bodies and faces as his leading players. His work is a very poetic and symbolic style showing the human interaction with the energies of nature such as fire and water, dark and light, as well as the cycle of life and rebirth.
This comprehensive exhibition in the Palazzo Strozzi is using both the Piano Nobile and the Strozzina, immersing the visitor in music and sound while you track this contemporary artist from his early work in the 1970’s right up to his huge installations of this century.
The Renaissance setting of the Palazzo Strozzi adds amazing interaction between the classic and the contemporary by cultivating dialogue between Viola’s work and the masterpieces of the great masters of the past from which the artist is inspired marking the development of his artistic style and artistic vocabulary. The exhibition is also a celebration of Bill Viola’s particular relationship with Florence where his video art career began. In fact, he was technical director of art/tapes/22 – a video documentation and production center from 1974 to 1976. His love of Tuscan art and history is shown by the exhibition’s exceptional interaction with museums and institutions such as the Grande Museo del Duomo, the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Museo di Santa Maria Novella, as well as in the cities of Arezzo and Empoli.
The exhibition is open daily including holidays from 10:00am until 8:00pm. On Thursdays from 10:00am until 11:00pm.