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The artist's video work challenges preconceptions about faith.

When Viola's video-installation was unveiled at St Paul’s Cathedral last year, art critic Jonathan Jones heralded it as 'visionary... a powerful modern altarpiece'. Now the artist has recreated this seminal work – which shows four individuals each being assaulted by the elements – for Auckland Castle.

In this display the films are shown as separate pieces spaced around the chapel. Each matyr begins in stillness, but as flames rain down, winds begin to lash, water cascades, and earth flies up, they gradually pass from death into the light.

Auckland Castle

Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NR

01388 743750


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Auckland Castle - currently closed for conservation due to re-open on 1 December 2018.

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