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BILL VIOLA Inverted Birth, 2014 Video/sound installation Color High-Definition video projection on screen mounted on wall in dark room Projected image size: 16 ft 5 in x 9 ft 3 in (5 x 2.81 m)
Duration 8:22 minutes Performer: Norman Scott

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BILL VIOLA Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), 2014 Color High-Definition video polyptych on four vertical plasma displays 55 x 133 x 4 in. (140 x 338 x 10 cm) Duration 7:15 minutes Installation view: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, photo: Peter Mallet

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BILL VIOLA Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), 2014 Color High-Definition video polyptych on four vertical plasma displays 55 x 133 x 4 in (140 x 338 x 10 cm) Duration 7:15 minutes Installation view: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, photo: Peter Mallet

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BILL VIOLA Walking on the Edge (I), 2012 Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall Edition of 5
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BILL VIOLA Ancestors, 2012 Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted vertically on wall 61.2 x 36.4 x 5 inches Edition of 5
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BILL VIOLA Ocean Without a Shore, 2007 Video/sound installation Color High-Definition video triptych, two 65" plasma screens, one 103" screen mounted vertically, six loudspeakers (three pairs stereo sound) Room dimensions variable Installation view, Church of San Gallo, Venice Photo: Thierry Bal
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BILL VIOLA Ocean Without a Shore, 2007 Video/sound installation Color High-Definition video triptych, two 65" plasma screens, one 103" screen mounted vertically, six loudspeakers (three pairs stereo sound) Room dimensions variable Installation view, Church of San Gallo, Venice Photo: Thierry Bal
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BILL VIOLA Ocean Without a Shore, 2007 Video/sound installation Color High-Definition video triptych, two 65" plasma screens, one 103" screen mounted vertically, six loudspeakers (three pairs stereo sound) Room dimensions variable Installation view, Church of San Gallo, Venice Photo: Thierry Bal
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BILL VIOLA Ocean Without a Shore, 2007 3-channel High Definition Video/Sound Installation Production stills Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA Ocean Without a Shore, 2007 3-channel High Definition Video/Sound Installation Production stills Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA Ocean Without a Shore, 2007 3-channel High Definition Video/Sound Installation Production stills Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA Ocean Without a Shore, 2007 3-channel High Definition Video/Sound Installation Production stills Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA Ocean Without a Shore, 2007 3-channel High Definition Video/Sound Installation Production stills Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA Ocean Without a Shore, 2007 3-channel High Definition Video/Sound Installation Production stills Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA Acceptance, 2008 Black and white video on a plasma display mounted vertically on wall 155.5 X 92.5 X 12.7 cm Edition of 5

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BILL VIOLA Helena, 2008 Color high-definition video on LCD panel 24 3/4 X 14 X 2 3/8 inches Edition of 3
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BILL VIOLA Two Women, 2008 Color video on a plasma display mounted vertically on wall Approximate dimensions: 36 x 22 x 3.5 inches Edition of 5
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BILL VIOLA Isolde's Ascension (The Shape of Light in the Space After Death), 2005 Video and sound installation 61.2 X 36.4 inches; 10 minutes 30 seconds Edition of 12 Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA The Fall into Paradise, 2005 Video/sound installation Screen size: 10.5 ft. X 14 ft. (320 cm x 427 cm) 9 minutes and 58 seconds Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA Becoming Light, 2005 Color video on a plasma display mounted vertically on wall 47 1/2 X 28 1/2 X 3 3/4 inches Edition of 12 Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA Passage Into Night, 2005 Color high-definition video installation 47.6 X 28.5 inches 50 minutes and 14 seconds Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA The Darker Side of Dawn, 2005 Color video projection on wall in dark room 128 1/4 X 228 inches Edition of 3 Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA Ablutions, 2005 Color video diptych on plasma displays mounted vertically on wall 82 X 48 X 4 1/4 inches Edition of 7 Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA Dissolution, 2005 Color video diptych on plasma displays mounted vertically on wall 82 X 48 X 4 1/4 inches Edition of 7 Photo: Kira Perov
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BILL VIOLA Tempest (Study for The Raft), 2005 Color video on LCD flat panel mounted on wall 26 X 43 1/2 X 5 inches Edition of 5
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BILL VIOLA The Lovers, 2005 Color video on a plasma display mounted vertically on wall 85 3/4 X 28 1/4 X 4 1/2 inches Edition of 12
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BILL VIOLA Study for Emergence, 2002 Color video on freestanding vertical LCD flat panel LCD screen: 11 3/4 X 14 5/8 inches Edition of 3
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BILL VIOLA Four Hands, 2001 Video on four LCD panels 9 X 51 X 8 inches
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BILL VIOLA The Quintet of the Silent, 2001 Color video on plasma display mounted horizontally on wall 24 3/4 X 42 1/2 X 7 inches Edition of 5
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BILL VIOLA Union, 2000 Two channels of color video on two plasma displays mounted side-by-side, vertically on wall , 8 minute loop 40 1/2 X 50 X 7 inches Edition of 5
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BILL VIOLA The Quintet of Remembrance, 2000 Video installation , Color video rear projection on large screen in darkened room, 15 1/2 minute loop 12' x 18' x 24' (room dimensions) Edition of 3
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BILL VIOLA Mary, 2000 Video and sound installation Edition of 3
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BILL VIOLA Ascension, 2000 Video/sound installation, Large color video projection on white wall in darkened room; two channels amplified sound, 10 minute loop Edition of 3
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BILL VIOLA Six Heads, 2000 Color video on plasma display mounted vertically on wall 40 1/2 X 24 3/4 X 7 inches Edition of 12
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BILL VIOLA Dolorosa, 2000 Color video diptych on two freestanding vertical LCD flat panels framed and hinged together, 11 minute loop 16 X 24 1/2 X 5 3/4 inches Edition of 5
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BILL VIOLA Anima, 2000 Color video triptych on three LCD flat panels framed and mounted vertically on wall, 83 minute loop 16 1/4 X 75 inches Edition of 5
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BILL VIOLA The Veiling, 1995 Nine scrims, two video laser disc projectors and players, speakers Edition of 2
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BILL VIOLA Il Vapore, 1975 Video and sound installation 144 X 192 X 240 inches Edition of 2
Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF

 

Bill Viola (b.1951) is widely recognized as one of the leading video artists on the international scene. For over 30 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, and works for television broadcast. Viola’s video installations—total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound—employ state-of-the-art technologies and are distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity. His single channel videotapes have been broadcast and presented cinematically around the world, while his writings have been published and anthologized for international readers.

 

Since the early 1970s, Viola has used video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. His works focus on universal human experiences—birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness—and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach.

 

Viola received his BFA in Experimental Studios from Syracuse University in 1973. Since then he has created over 150 works that have been shown in museums, galleries, film festivals, and on public television worldwide. During the 1970s he lived for 18 months in Florence, Italy, as technical director of production in one of the first video art studios in Europe, and then travelled widely to study and record traditional performing arts in the Solomon Islands, Java, Bali, and Japan. In 1977 Viola was invited to show his videotapes at La Trobe Univerisity (Melbourne, Australia) by cultural arts director Kira Perov who, a year later, left Australia to join him in New York.  They began a lifelong collaboration, working and travelling together.  After they married in 1980 they lived in Japan for a year and a half on a Japan/U.S. Cultural Exchange Fellowship, where they studied Buddhism with Zen Master Daien Tanaka and had an artist-in-residency at Sony Corporation’s Atsugi research laboratories. In 1984 another artist-in-residency at the San Diego Zoo in California produced footage for a project on animal consciousness.

 

Viola represented the U.S. at the 46th Venice Biennale in 1995, premiering an ensemble of five new installation works titled Buried Secrets. In 1997 the Whitney Museum of American Art organized “Bill Viola: A 25-Year Survey,” an exhibition that travelled for two years to six museums in the United States and Europe. He was invited to be a Scholar-in-Residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 1998, and later that year created a suite of three new video pieces for the rock group Nine Inch Nails’ world tour. His 1994 videofilm “Déserts,” created to accompany the music composition of the same name by Edgard Varèse, received its American premiere at the Hollywood Bowl in August 1999 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2002, Viola completed his most ambitious project, “Going Forth By Day,” a five part projected digital “fresco” cycle in High Definition video, which was on view in “Bill Viola: Visions” at the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark in 2005. Following the completion of a four-month exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in early 2003, “Bill Viola: The Passions” travelled to the National Gallery London later that fall and to the Fondación “La Caixa” in Madrid in early 2005. It is currently on view at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.  In 2004 Viola began collaborating with director Peter Sellars and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to create a new production of Richard Wagner’s opera, “Tristan and Isolde,” which was presented in project form by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in December 2004. The production of the complete opera received its world première at the L’Opéra National de Paris, Bastille in April 2005 (with a reprise in November) and will be presented once more at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in March 2007, and in New York in April 2007, produced by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Viola is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1989, and the first Medienkunstpreis in 1993, presented jointly by Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, and Siemens Kulturprogramm, in Germany. He holds honorary doctorates from Syracuse University (1995), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1997), California Institute of the Arts (2000), and Royal College of Art, London (2004) among others, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000. Bill Viola and Kira Perov live and work in Long Beach, California.  They have two children.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Bill Viola
Inverted Birth
Dec 10, 2015 - Jan 30, 2016 | 533 W26 ST NYC
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
BILL VIOLA: UNSPOKEN
不可言说——比尔• 维奥拉作品展
March 09 - May 06, 2012
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Bill Viola
Bodies of Light
October 23 - December 19, 2009
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
The Tree
June 26 - August 30, 2009
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Matters of Faith
事关信念: 安塞姆•基弗 Anselm Kiefer, 白南准 Nam June Paik, 比尔•维奥拉 Bill Viola, 徐震 Xu Zhen
March 27 - May 30, 2009
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Bill Viola
Works from The Tristan Project
April 28 - May 15, 2007
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Bill Viola
November 05 - December 22, 2005
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Bill Viola
The World of Appearances
April 05 - May 03, 2003
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
The Passions: From Brueghel to Viola
December 01 - January 12, 2002
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Bill Viola
Going Forth By Day; A Projected Cycle in Five Parts: exhibition at Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin
February 09 - May 05, 2002
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Bill Viola
New Work
October 14 - November 26, 2000
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
Huffington Post
" A Weekend With Gronk, DeLoss, and Viola," by Edward Goldman
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"Bill Viola's New Video Project Is a Rebirth of Sorts," by Ken Johnson
Articles / Reviews
The Village Voice
"Bill Viola's 'Inverted Birth" Video Installation Will Mess with Your Mind," by Jessica Dawson
Articles / Reviews
Hyperallergic
"Rediscovering Bill Viola's Forgotten, Resonant Sound Compositions," by Francesco Dama
Articles / Reviews
ArtInfo
"Video: Bill Viola Premieres “The Trial” at Yorkshire Sculpture Park," by Nicholas Forrest
Articles / Reviews
The Huffington Post
"Leonardo Da Vinci's Leicester Codex Show Us How A Genius Thinks" by Colton Valentine
Articles / Reviews
The Guardian
"Bill Viola video installation heralds new national exhibition space for faith art" by Mark Brown
Articles / Reviews
ArtInfo
Bill Viola’s “Martyrs” at Auckland Castle’s St. Peter’s Chapel
Articles / Reviews
The Art Newspaper
Auckland Castle shows faith in contemporary art
Articles / Reviews
W Magazine
"Jake Gyllenhaal: In Deep," by Lynn Hirschberg
Articles / Reviews
W Magazine
"Margot Robbie: The Siren," by Lynn Hirschberg
Articles / Reviews
The Wall Street Journal
"Enduring the Elements," by Richard Cork
Articles / Reviews
The Guardian
“Bill Viola: 'People thought I was an idiot and that video would never last',” by Nicholas Wroe
Articles / Reviews
The Observer
“Bill Viola: Martyrs review – let the unbelievers come,” by Laura Cumming
Articles / Reviews
Artnet News
“Around the Art World in Six Minutes,” by Alexander Forbes
Articles / Reviews
The Telegraph
“Stained glass for the 21st Century: St Paul’s installs plasma screen art,” by John Bingham
Articles / Reviews
The Spectator
“It took 11 years to bring Bill Viola to St Paul’s Cathedral – but it was worth it” by Rachel Halliburton
Articles / Reviews
ArtReview
“Bill Viola, Grand Palais, Paris, 5 March – 21 July” by Violaine Boutet De Monvel
Articles / Reviews
Modern Painters
“Review: Bill Viola at the Grand Palais” by Mirthe Maria Berentsen
Articles / Reviews
The Telegraph
“Stained glass for the 21st century: St Paul’s installs plasma screen art,” by John Bingham
Articles / Reviews
The Guardian
"Hallelujah! Why Bill Viola's Martyrs altarpiece at St Paul's is to die for," by Jonathan Jones
Articles / Reviews
London Evening Standard
“Bill Viola’s Martyrs, St Paul's Cathedral - exhibition preview,” by Ben Luke
Articles / Reviews
Cherwell
“Milestones: Bill Viola,” by Naomi Polonksy
Articles / Reviews
Financial Times
“Bill Viola’s religious experience,” by Rachel Spence
Articles / Reviews
Financial Times
“Faith, hope and video” by Peter Aspden
Articles / Reviews
The Art Newspaper
“For dust thou art,” by Helen Stoilas
Articles / Reviews
The Irish Times
“Moving images that freeze time,” by Lara Marlowe
Articles / Reviews
The Wall Street Journal
"In Paris, Catching Fire," by Inti Landauro
Articles / Reviews
Hyperallergic
“Bill Viola’s Moving Void,” by Joseph Nechvatal
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
“Bill Viola’s Journey of Emotions,” by Rachel Donadio
Articles / Reviews
The Wall Street Journal
"Not Drowning but Creating," by Judy Fayard
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
“Operas Filled With Forbidden Love in Madrid,” by Anthony Tommasini
Articles / Reviews
Glasstire
"A Conversation with Bill Viola," by Peter Lucas
Articles / Reviews
The Economist
"The art of Bill Viola"
Articles / Reviews
Modern Painters
"Portfolio: Bill Viola," by Kira Perov
Articles / Reviews
New York Times
“A Sea of Solitary Islands, Coming Together” by Hilarie M. Sheets
Articles / Reviews
The Guardian
“Portrait of the artist: Bill Viola, video artist,” by Laura Barnett
Articles / Reviews
ART iT
"Bill Viola: Beyond Horizon," by Andrew Maerkle
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"Fire and Water, Death and Wagner," by Tim Teeman
Articles / Reviews
Ars Magazine
"All art is contemporary. That's the first thing that should be understood," by Miguel Bonet
News
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
October 10, 2015 - April 10, 2016
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
October 3 - February 8, 2016
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
February 27 - March 23, 2015
Adelaide, Australia
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
September 26, 2014 - January 20, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
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Commission
Unveiled May 21 at 5 p.m.
St Paul's Churchyard, London
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News / Events
Performance run of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, featuring unique video by Bill Viola
April 8 - May 4, 2014
Paris, France
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Videos
Artinfo Video Feature
March 5 - July 21, 2014
Paris, France
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Museum Exhibition
Major Retrospective Exhibition
March 5 - July 21, 2014
Paris, France
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Museum Exhibition
Inaugural Biennial Exhibition
February 7 - April 7, 2014
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
January 11 - March 30, 2014
Madrid, Spain
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News / Events
June 10 - November 24, 2007
Books
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Bill Viola: Reflections
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Bill Viola: Bodies of Light
image Bill Viola: Hatsu-Yume
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Bill Viola: Hatsu-Yume
First Dream
image Bill Viola: The Passions
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Bill Viola: The Passions
image Bill Viola: Going Forth By Day
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Bill Viola: Going Forth By Day
image Bill Viola: Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House
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Bill Viola: Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House
Writings 1973-1994