Press Release

Bill Viola: A Retrospective

  • Dates: June 30 to November 9, 2017
  • Curator: Lucía Agirre
  • Sponsored by Iberdrola

Already in his early single-channel videotapes, Bill Viola’s works were addressing such large questions as the notion of time, the meaning of our existence, and our place in the world.

With the arrival of the new millennium and the advent of high-definition technologies, Viola was able to create monumental installations such as Going Forth By Day, in which five large wall projections sharing the same space invite viewers to enter the light and to reflect on their own lives and that of our human existence.

In the last decade, Bill Viola has continued his meditations on the transitions in life, the cycle of birth-death-rebirth, and the space in between, as seen in his seven-channel installation The Dreamers (2013).

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Bill Viola: A Retrospective, a thematic and chronological survey of the career of Viola, one of the leading artists of our time and a pioneer in the development of video art. Organized by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and sponsored by Iberdrola, this ambitious exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of Viola’s oeuvre and the evolution of media art as an art form.

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