Grand Palais, Paris
5 March - 21 July 2014
Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
+33 1 44 13 17 17

With twenty masterly works – hours of video on over thirty screens – this exhibition is one of the largest retrospectives of the work Bill Viola, the artist who is credited with inventing the very genre of video art.

Bill Viola’s skilful use of video technology conjures up a vast digital world of images, at times inspired by the great works of art history. In this exhibition we see references to such masters as Goya (The Sleep of Reason, 1988) and Hieronymus Bosch (The Quintet of the Astonished, 2000). The spectacular polyptych Going Forth By Day (2002) is an ensemble of huge digital wall panels in the spirit of Giotto’s frescoes in the Assisi basilica, which Viola declares is the unequalled summit of art installation and his ultimate reference.

Viola sees this exhibition as an inner journey, divided into three phases around major metaphysical questions: Who am I? Where am I? Where am I going? In his works he explores life, death, transcendence, rebirth, time and space, often using the metaphor of a body plunged into water to represent the fluidity of life. His images seek to give a new insight into these fundamental questions that are deep at the core of human existence. A dimension that gives his work special universal power, beyond any art movement or style, which explains why this body of work has fascinated viewers all over the world for the last forty years.