Bill Viola

Intimate Work

12 Sept 2009 - 10 Jan 2010
work in collection

Bill Viola (New York, 1951) is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. He has been instrumental in establishing video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms
of technology, content, and historical reach. Despite the importance given to his work, it has been shown only occasionally in the Netherlands. The most recent exhibition of his work was held more than ten years ago, at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and works of his in public collections are often not on view. An exception to this is De Pont Museum’s nearly permanent display of the two works from its collection. These constitute the point of departure for a presentation of thirteen pieces by him which can, in view of their themes, be called 'intimate work'. Each work is being shown in one of the museum's characteristic 'wool-storage rooms', so that the intimate aspects of these video films can be given optimal consideration.

The exhibition includes the following works: The Reflecting Pool (1977-1979), Heaven and Earth (1992), Nine Attempts to Achieve Immortality (1996), Memoria (2000), Catherine’s Room (2001), Four Hands (2001), Observance (2002), Study for Emergence (2002), The Last Angel (2002), Old Oak, Study (2005), The Lovers (2005), Small Saints (2008) and Acceptance (2008).