Bill Viola

Bill Viola is considered one of the most influential contemporary artists of the electronic media generation, as well as a key figure in the development of video art over the last four decades. His work includes video installations, single channel works for television, sound environments, and performances.

Viola is a video artist of great international significance, to whom multiple exhibitions have been devoted in the most important museums and institutions worldwide. Considered one of the great living contemporary creators, his solo exhibitions include a large retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris, following an exhibition on Monet and Picasso, and his work has been shown in conjunction with Michelangelo’s majestic David at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. In addition to his impressive history of one-person exhibitions, he represented the United States at the 46th Venice Biennale in 1995.

Bill Viola

Kira Perov

Kira Perov is Executive Director of Bill Viola Studio. She has worked closely with Bill Viola since 1979, managing, creatively guiding and assisting with the production of his video works and installations. She edits all Bill Viola publications and organizes and coordinates exhibitions of the work worldwide. Kira Perov earned her BA (Honors) in languages and literature from Melbourne University, Australia in 1973.

Kira Perov

Main exhibitions

Among the institutions that have dedicated important exhibitions we can mention, among others:

Everson Museum of Art, Siracusa

The Museum of Modern Art, Nueva York

Whitney Museum of American Art, Nueva York

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Museum of Contemporany Art, Los Angeles

Moderna Museet, Estocolmo

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

Centro de Arte Moderna, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa

Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris

Satdtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf

Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid

Whitechapel Art Gallery, Londres

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Chapelle de l’Oratoir, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes

Musée d’art Contemporain, Montréal

Salburger Kunstverein

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Museum für Moderne Kunst and Schim Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Art Institute of Chicago

Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin

The Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Nueva York

Museum Guggenheim, Bilbao

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Varsovia

Pallazzo delle Esposicioni, Roma

National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne

Galleria dell’Accademia, Florencia

Pennsylvania Academy of fine Arts, Philadelphia

James Cohan Gallery, Shangai

Grand Palais, Paris, Catedral y Kunstmuseum, Berna

Faurschaou Foundation, Beijing

National Portrait Gallery, Washington

Palazzo Strozzi, Florencia.

Additionally, it should be noted that Bill Viola has work exhibited in cathedrals such as Durham and Saint Paul, in England, or Saint Peter, in New York.

Works

The Greeting, 1995
Sharon, 2013
Air Martyr, 2014

The Reflecting Pool, 1977-1979

Videotape, color, mono sound
Projected image size: 140 x 190 cm
7 min
Performer: Bill Viola

The Greeting, 1995

Video/sound installation
Color video projection on large vertical screen mounted on wall in darkened space; amplified stereo
280 x 240 cm
10:22 min
Performers: Angela Black, Suzanne Peters, Bonnie Snyder

The Messenger, 1996

Video/sound installation
Color video projection on large vertical screen mounted on wall in darkened space; amplified stereo sound
430 x 300 cm
Continuously running
Performer: Chad Walker

The Quintet of the Silent, 2000

Color video on flat panel display mounted on wall
72,4 x 120,7 x 10,2 cm
16 min 28 s
Performers: Chris Grove, David Hernandez, John Malpede, Dan Gerrity, Tom Fitzpatrick

Unspoken (Silver & Gold), 2001

Black‐and‐white video projected diptych on one gold and one silver‐leaf panel mounted on wall
62,3 x 193 x 5,7 cm
35 min 40 s
Performers: John Malpede, Weba Garretson

Four Hands, 2001

Black and white video polyptych on four LCD flat panels mounted on a shelf
22,9 x 129,5 x 20,3 cm
Continuously running
Performers: Blake Viola, Kira Perov, Bill Viola, Lois Stark

Emergence, 2002

Color high‐definition video rear projection on screen mounted on wall in dark room
213 x 213 cm
11 min 40 s
Performers: Weba Garretson, John Hay, Sarah Steben

Observance, 2002

Color high‐definition video on flat panel display mounted vertically on wall
120,7 x 72,4 x 10,2 cm
10 min 14 s
Performers: Alan Abelew, Sheryl Arenson, Frank Bruynbroek, Carol Cetrone, Cathy Chang, Ernie Charles, Alan Clark, JD Cullum, Michael Irby, Tanya Little, Susan Matus, Kate Noonan, Paul O’Connor, Valerie Spencer, Louis Stark, Richard Stobie, Michael Eric Strickland, Ellis Williams

Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain under a Waterfall), 2005

Video/sound installation
Color high‐definition video projecion; four channels of sound subwoofer (4.1)
580 x 325 cm
10 min 16 s
Performer: John Hay

Fire Woman, 2005

Video/ Sound installation
Color high‐definition video projecion; four channels of sound subwoofer (4.1)
580 x 325 cm
11 min 12 s
Performer: Robin Bonaccorsi

Sharon, 2013

Color high‐definition video on flat panel display mounted vertically on wall; stereo sound
92 x 53,6 x 3 cm
Continuously running
Performer: Sharon Ferguson

Madison, 2013

Color high‐definition video on flat panel display mounted vertically on wall; stereo sound
92 x 53,6 x 3 cm
Continuously running
Performer: Madison Corn

Earth Martyr, 2014

Color High‐Definition video on plasma display mounted vertically on wall
107,6 x 62,1 x 6,8 cm
7 min 10 s
Executive producer: Kira Perov
Performer: Norman Scott

Air Martyr, 2014

Color High‐Definition video on plasma display mounted vertically on wall
107,6 x 62,1 x 6,8 cm
7 min 10 s
Executive producer: Kira Perov
Performer: Sarah Steben

Fire Martyr, 2014

Color High‐Definition video on plasma display mounted vertically on wall
107,6 x 62,1 x 6,8 cm
7 min 10 s
Executive producer: Kira Perov
Performer: Darrow Igus

Water Martyr, 2014

Color High‐Definition video on plasma display mounted vertically on wall
107,6 x 62,1 x 6,8 cm
7:10 minutes
Executive producer: Kira Perov
Performer: John Hay