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"Bill Viola: LOVE/ DEATH -The Tristan Project"
2006-06-21 until 2006-09-02
Haunch of Venison
London, , UK United Kingdom

This exhibition, Bill Viola: LOVE/ DEATH -The Tristan Project, is showing across two venies The first site is Haunch of Venison. Nearest tube is Bond St. The second site is the former St. Olave’s College, Tooley St, by Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2JR. Nearest tube is London Bridge. Bill Viola (born America, 1951) is internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. For over 30 years he has been at the forefront of developing the medium of video art, helping to establish it as an essential genre of contemporary visual art. Viola’s work focuses on universal human experiences, of birth, death and the unfolding of consciousness.

LOVE/DEATH: The Tristan Project is a museum-scale exhibition showing across two venues and will present over ten new works. Like Viola’s previous works, they range from room-sized video projections of image and sound to small, silent flat panel screens, and seek to deeply engage the viewer in a visceral and emotional experience that goes to the roots of the human condition, and its spiritual sources. Most of the works in LOVE/DEATH: The Tristan Project arise from the hours of material that Viola produced for a new production of Richard Wagner’s nineteenth century opera, Tristan und Isolde. Rather than presenting a narrative interpretation of the story, Viola’s images, projected throughout the entire four-hour performance, evoke a symbolic visual world that exists in parallel to the worldly events unfolding on the stage. Viola has said: ‘Tristan und Isolde is the story of a love so intense and profound that it cannot be contained in the material bodies of the lovers. In order to fully realise their love, Tristan and Isolde must ultimately transcend life itself’. The works in the exhibition reflect different stages in the lover’s path towards death and liberation.

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Bill Viola
Isolde's Ascension, 2005
Plasma display, stereo sound, HD. HoV Ref: 12011


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