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Until Sun 24 January

Bill Viola | Purification

Installation, performance
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

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Bill Viola | Purification Bill Viola, "Purification" (2005) | © Kira Perov


Bill Viola is a pioneer in video art. He revolutionized the genre by quite early exploring the possibilities offered by digital technology, and developed a typical style characterised by his admiration for the great masters of ancient painting. His installations immerse the viewer in a contemplative universe, imbued with mysticism, in which the human figure occupies a central place.

Purification, a double projection created for Peter Sellars' staging of Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde in 2005, offers a perfect synthesis of all these elements. With extreme slowed-down movements, a couple performs a purification ritual, which evokes a rebirth. As the artist described it himself: "From the very beginning, I did not intend to create images but to look for the origin of things, people and situations. So I started to write down what I had in mind, and then it became quite simple to move forward. I plunged deeper and deeper into the booklet, which resulted in all these images.”

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Friday, October 2, 2020 — Sunday, January 24, 2021


Monday Closed
Tuesday from 10:00 to 17:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 17:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 17:00
Friday from 10:00 to 17:00
Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00
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Sunday, November 1, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Friday, December 25, 2020
Friday, January 1, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Thursday, December 24, 2020 from 10:00 to 14:00
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