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Bill Viola. the great exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi which will also involve the Baptistery

Strozzi Palace, the exhibition of 2017 devoted to video art by Bill Viola

Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi presents to the public in Florence Bill Viola, a major exhibition celebrating the undisputed master of contemporary video art through the works of its production from the seventies to today exhibited in dialogue From 10 March to 23 July 2017 with the architecture of Palazzo Strozzi, in an unprecedented confrontation with the great masterpieces of Rinascimento.La exhibition, curated by Arturo Galansino (director general, Palazzo Strozzi Foundation) and Kira Perov (executive director, Bill Viola Studio), it stands as a unique event to trace the artist's career, always marked by the union between technological research and aesthetic reflection, the first experiments with the video in the seventies and large installation of two thousand years that capture the public's attention with strong sensory experiences.

In a totally new way, in the Renaissance setting of Palazzo Strozzi, , the exhibition also creates a unique dialogue between old and contemporary through a comparison of the works of Viola with masterpieces by great masters of the past , which have been a 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 important contemporary artists , author of video installations, sound environments and performances that propose you to 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 are characterized by a poetic style and highly symbolic in which man is called to interact with forces and energies of nature as the ' water and fire, the light and the dark, the cycle of life and that of rinascita.L'artista declares: "I am really happy to recover my Italian roots and to have the opportunity to repay my debt with the city of Florence through my works. Having lived and worked in Florence in the seventies, I never imagined to have the honor to realize such a large exhibition in an institution as important as the Palazzo Strozzi.
Create an exhibition of Bill Viola at Palazzo Strozzi, in a unitary exhibition between Piano Nobile and Strozzina , it is to celebrate 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 was technical director of art / tapes / 22, production and documentation center of the video directed by Maria Gloria Conti Bicocchi. And it is in the city of Florence and throughout Tuscany Region that Palazzo Strozzi is a direct continuation of the exhibition through important collaborations with museums and places of the area where they will be exhibited works by the artist, highlighting his relationship with history and art Tuscany, among which are the Uffizi Gallery and the Museum of Santa Maria Novella in Florence and the Museum of the Collegiate of Sant'Andrea in Empoli.

On the occasion of the exhibition Palazzo Strozzi has also created a special collaboration with the Great Museum the Cathedral of Florence. with a special joint ticket you can visit the exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi with the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo . Here will be exceptionally exposed videos Observance (2002) and Acceptance (2008): two famous works by Bill Viola dedicated to the themes of pain and suffering enhancing the reflection on humanity and on the religious sense in today's world, which will be made in dialogue with the two symbols of the Florentine museum as the penitent Magdalene by Donatello and Michelangelo's Pieta Bandini.