The universe of Bill Viola, in La Pedrera
For a few months, video art has been installed in La Pedrera thanks to an exceptional exhibition: Bill Viola. Mirrors of the invisible, a monographic retrospective dedicated to those who condition a pioneer in the language of video art and one of the most important international artists in this discipline. This anthology shows an event in the cultural life of Barcelona, since it is the first one that is devoted monographically to Bill Viola (New York, 1951).
Through twenty works (some twenty more are exhibited in other cultural institutions of Catalonia, such as the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the contemporary art center Bòlit de Girona, the Museum of Montserrat, the Episcopal Museum of Vic and the Sorigué Foundation of Lleida), the visitor can enter into the personal and hypnotic universe of this artist who appealed to reflect on the human condition addressing universal issues such as the birth, death, pain or redemption, and raising more questions than answers. The exhibition that can be seen in La Pedrera – until January 5, 2020 – travels the artist’s career from significant works from its beginnings to the present day; a path that has evolved in parallel to video technology.
At the press conference for the presentation of the exhibition, Kira Perov, director of the Bill Viola study and co-curator of the show, stated that “the works shown in this space reveal the topics Bill explored during much of your creative life. In this exhibition we see how the moving image expands notions of the fragility and transitory nature of our life on earth, which represents human status in various ways”. For its part, Marta Lacambra -general director of the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera- emphasized that this exhibition is “an example of the firm commitment of the Foundation to contribute to the dissemination of the best values of contemporary creation.”
On the other hand, around the exhibition Bill Viola: mirrors of the invisible are held in the same quarry various activities, such as conferences, poetic and musical recitals and round tables.