Naples, Capodimonte Bill Viola



A dialogue between the art of video Bill Viola and Caravaggio happens in Naples from October 30 to January 23 in an overflow room that museo di Capodimonte, which houses one of the most important evidence of the most advanced production Caravaggio, the famous Flagellation, a of the three works of the Lombard master kept in city (Seven Acts of Mercy in the church of Pio Monte della Misericordia and the Martyrdom of St. Ursula, the last known work of the teacher in the collezione di Banca Intesa). The installation by Bill Viola – presented in spaces of the Hall Case of the museum, whose particular architecture has always provided great suggestions – will be six video of strong punch, and never presented in Naples, aimed at highlighting the issues most the American applicants in a kind of dialogue at a distance with the sensitivity Caravaggio so different. The American artist, who was heavily influenced by Italian, was then driven into a deep reflection about life and death, pain and hope.

Bill Viola (born 1951), forty years creates architectural video installations, video clips, sound environments, electronic music performances, video performances on flat screens, video, television broadcasting, for concerts, to plays and sacred spaces. His single channel videotapes have been widely distributed on DVD and his writings were widely published and translated for international audiences, and his works are in museums of contemporary art from around the world.

Using sophisticated technologies in a masterly way the media, the American artist enters and perceptive exploration of the spiritual aspects of human experience, focusing on universal themes of humanity: birth, death, the discovery of awareness of itself.

Bill Viola's The Raft, May 2004 Installing video / sound room size: 9 x 7 x 4 meters high definition color video projected on the wall (396.2 x 223 cm) in the darkened space, surround sound system Starring: Sheryl Arenson, Robin Bonaccorsi, Rocky Capella, Cathy Chang, Liisa Cohen, Tad Coughenour, Tom Ficke, James Ford, Michael Irby, Simon Karimian, John Kim, Tanya Little, Mike Martinez, Petros Martirosian, Jeff Mosley, Gladys Peters, Maria Victoria, Kaye Wade Kim Weild, Ellis Williams Photo: Kira Perov

Bill Viola's Observance 2002 Video-color high-definition plasma screen wall-mounted 120.7 x 72.4 x 10.2 cm 10:15 minutes Cast: Sheryl Arenson, Alan Abelew, Frank Bruyenbroek, Carol Cetrone, Cathy Chang, Ernie Charles, Alan Clark, JD Cullum, Michael Irby, Tanya Little, Susan Matus, Kate Noonan, Paul O'Connor, Valerie Spencer, Lois Stark, Richard Stobie, Michael Eric Strickland, Ellis Williams Photo: Kira Perov

BILL VIOLA Three Women, 2008 Video in high definition color on a plasma screen mounted on the wall 155.5 x 92.5 x 12.7 cm Starring: Anika, Cornelia, Helena Ballent 9:06 minutes Photo: Kira Perov

BILL VIOLA Transfiguration, 2007 Video in black and white high-definition plasma screen wall-mounted 155.5 x 92.5 x 12.7 cm Performer: Blake Viola 7:00 minutes

BILL VIOLA Union, 2000 Color video diptych on two plasma screens mounted side by side wall 127 x 102.9 x 17.8 cm 8:00 minutes

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