Bill Viola alla Cripta di San Sepolcro – last weeks


bill viola alla cripta di san sepolcro

Bill Viola, born in New York in 1951, is an internationally renowned multimedia artist, and is one of the forerunners of the video as a living form of contemporary art. For 40 years he has created architectural video installations, video footage, sound settings, electronic music performances, video shows on flat screens, video for television broadcasts, musical concerts, theater plays and sacred spaces.

He uses sophisticated multimedia technologies to explore the spiritual and perceptual aspects of human experience, focusing on birth, death, the discovery of self-awareness, the tradition of Zen Buddhism, and Christian mysticism.

His works are exhibited in numerous museums and galleries around the world.

The exhibition path designed for the Crypt of San Sepolcro of Milan opens with The Quintet of Silent (2000). This work represents 5 men standing crossed by a wave of intense emotions. The slowness of the video is characterized by the caravaggesic chiaroscuro.

The exhibition continues with The Return (2007), which reflects the passage of time and process through which the inner being of a person is transformed. Bill Viola says: “From a dark and granular space, a woman approaches slowly to an invisible limit. His passage through the threshold between life and death is violent, and he reluctantly moves toward the light becoming a living being.”

The exhibition path ends with the Earth Martyr (2014) work in which a person is buried in a cone of land that begins to climb, shaking his body, which also begins to climb, being trapped by the weight of the earth.

The exhibition, entitled “Bill Viola alla Cripta di San Sepolcro” (Bill Viola at the Crypt of San Sepolcro), is organized by MilanoCard Group in collaboration with Bill Viola Studio, promoted by the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana and is seen as the Institutional Partner Lombardy Region and the City of Milan.

WHERE: Crypt of San Sepolcro, piazza San Sepolcro

WHEN: Monday-Friday 17.00 to 21.00 /Saturday and Sunday 15.00-21.00

PRICE: 10 €

FREE: Children up to 14 years old


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