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The largest show of videos by Bill Viola ever presented to the world is on in Florence at Palazzo Strozzi.


Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance on the piano nobile of the archetype of a Renaissance palace – Palazzo Strozzi – presents the videos of an artist who, during the 1970s, matured his creative awareness right here in Florence, absorbing inspiration from masterpieces of Italian art.

The exhibition will start on 10 March and run to the heart of summer, presenting the most touching moments of the artist’s video art.

At the same time, the exposition space of the Strozzina will host a photographic exhibition that reveals the creative atmosphere of Florence during the 1970s when Bill frequented ART/Tapes 22 on Via Ricasoli. It was an innovative video art production studio founded on the intuition and passion of Maria Gloria Bicocchi (the daughter of painter Primo Conti) and her husband Giancarlo.

The Bill Viola videos you can watch in Florence are strong, full of colours, and saturated with true, live material that erupts without any need for special effects. To shoot them, Bill Viola prepares real film sets with scenes, actors and extras.
The most famous of the videos showing in Florence are those linked to works of the Renaissance: The Greeting (1995) echoes The Visitation by Pontormo; Emergence, chosen as the image of the exhibition, recalls the Cristo in Pietà by Masolino; and The Path (2002) was inspired by Giotto’s frescoes in the Scrovegni chapel in Padua.

Other videos can be seen outside of Palazzo Strozzi: Observance and Acceptance at Museo del Duomo; The Tempest at Museo di Santa Maria Novella; and at the Uffizi gallery in Room 43, the artist’s self portrait.

Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance from 10 March to 23 July, at Palazzo Strozzi.
Open every day 10 am - 8 pm; Thursdays 10 am - 11 pm.

Info +39 0552645155 Reservations

Published: 8/3/2017

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