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Bill Viola, the great exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi that will also involve the Baptistery

Palazzo Strozzi, the 2017 exhibition dedicated to the video art of Bill Viola

From March 10 to July 23, 2017, the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation presents to the public of Florence Bill Viola, a large exhibition celebrating the undisputed master of contemporary video art through works of its production from the seventies to present today in dialogue with The architecture of Palazzo Strozzi and an unprecedented comparison with the great Renaissance masterpieces. The exhibition, organized by Arturo Galansino (General Manager, Palazzo Strozzi Foundation) and Kira Perov (executive director, Bill Viola Studio), is an event Unique to retrace the career of the artist, always marked by the union between technological research and aesthetic reflection, from the first experiments with the video in the seventies to the great installations of the two thousand years that capture the attention of the public with strong sensory experiences.

In a totally unpublished fashion, in the Renaissance frame of Palazzo Strozzi, the exhibition also creates an extraordinary dialogue between ancient and contemporary through the comparison of the works of Viola with masterpieces of great masters of the past, who were the source of inspiration For the American artist and have marked the evolution of language.
Born in New York in 1951, Bill Viola is internationally recognized as one of the most prominent contemporary artists , author of video installations, sound environments and performances that propose to the audience extraordinary experiences of immersion between space, image and sound. Exploring spirituality, experience and perception Viola explores humanity: people, bodies, faces are the protagonists of his works, characterized by a poetic and highly symbolic style in which man is called to interact with forces and energies of nature, Water and fire, light and darkness, life cycle and rebirth. The artist states, "I am really happy to recover my Italian roots and have the opportunity to repay my debt with the city of Florence through my works.

After living and working in Florence in the seventies, I never imagined having the honor to make such a great show in an institution as important as Palazzo Strozzi. "
Creating a Bill Viola exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi, on a unified exhibition path between Piano Nobile and Strozzina , means celebrating the special relationship between the artist and the city of Florence. It is here that the artist began his career in the field of video art, when between 1974 and 1976 he was the artistic director of art / tapes / 22, a production and documentation center directed by Maria Gloria Conti Bicocchi. And it is in the city of Florence and throughout the Tuscany Region that Palazzo Strozzi finds a direct continuation of the exhibition through important collaborations with museums and places of the territory where will be exhibited works by the artist, enhancing his relationship with history and art Tuscany, including the Uffizi Gallery and the Santa Maria Novella Museum in Florence, and the Collegiate Museum of Sant'Andrea in Empoli.

On the occasion of the exhibition Palazzo Strozzi has also created a special collaboration with the Grand Museum of the Duomo of Florence Thanks to a special joint ticket it will be possible to visit the exhibition of Palazzo Strozzi together with the Baptistery of St. John And the Museum of the Opera of the Cathedral . Here will be exceptionally exposed Observance (2002) and Acceptance (2008) videos: two celebrated works by Bill Viola dedicated to the themes of pain and suffering highlighting the reflection on humanity and religious sense in the contemporary world, Which will be put into dialogue with two symbols of the Florentine museum such as Maddalena penitent of Donatello and Pietà Bandini of Michelangelo.