Bill Viola 

4 October 2019 to 5 January 2020

Opening at midday on Friday 4 October

Bòlit_LaRambla, Fidel Aguilar Room

Curators: Víctor Garcia de Gomar and Carme Sais

In partnership with the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation


Bill Viola, Ascension, 2000 

Video and sound installation, 10'

Interpreter: Josh Coxx


Bill Viola will be exhibiting for the second time at Bòlit, Centre d'Art Contemporani. Girona. In 2009 he displayed The Messenger at the Bòlit_StNicolau within the framework of the Girona Religious Music Festival, in connection with the International Catalonia Award acknowledging the artist's work.


On this occasion, Bill Viola will display an emblematic work in his career entitled Ascension, a sound and video installation created in 2000. In this video, the stillness of an aquatic landscape is interrupted when a fully-dressed man dives in. Accompanied by a burst of sound and a luminous explosion of bubbles and turbulences, he slips slowly in with his arms outstretched, his body inert and motionless. A stream of shining bubbles ascends to the rough surface while a broad stream of light shines in. When the man is half-way down, his descent slows down to a stop and the body begins to float. He then gradually rises again until he reaches the surface. When bubbles begin to come out of his mouth, he once again initiates his involuntary descent, sinking to the depths where he becomes lost in the darkness, while the landscape regains its placidity.


The exhibition has been organized thanks to the partnership with the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation within the framework of the exhibition entitled Bill Viola. Mirrors of the Invisible to be held on the same dates at La Pedrera, with the curatorship of Kira Perov and Llucià Homs and the consultancy of Víctor García de Gomar. On the occasion of the exhibition, the Bill Viola Route will be launched with other exhibitions and activities at the Montserrat Museum, the Episcopal Museum in Vic, PLANTA at the Sorigué Foundation in Lleida, the Palace of Catalan Music and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.


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