Video by Particle Productions


Bill Viola (b.1951) is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach. For 40 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat panel video pieces, 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. They are shown in museums and galleries worldwide and are found in many distinguished collections. His single channel videotapes have been widely broadcast and presented cinematically, while his writings have been extensively published, and translated for international readers. Viola uses 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. Using the inner language of subjective thoughts and collective memories, his videos communicate to a wide audience, allowing viewers to experience the work directly, and in their own personal way.

 

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News / Events
The Tristan Project at l'Opéra Bastille
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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Museum Exhibition
Bill Viola at the Grand Palais
Major Retrospective Exhibition
March 5 - July 21, 2014
Paris, France
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Museum Exhibition
Bill Viola, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Jesper Just and Yinka Shonibare MBE in the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias
Inaugural Biennial Exhibition
February 7 - April 7, 2014
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
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Museum Exhibition
Bill Viola at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Solo Exhibition
January 11 - March 30, 2014
Madrid, Spain
ArtworksThumbnails
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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
Exhibitions
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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
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
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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
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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
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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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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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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
image Bill Viola: Reflections
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Bill Viola: Reflections
image Bill Viola: Bodies of Light
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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