Bill Viola

The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

3 October 2015 – 7 February 2016

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Video works inspired by fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness.

Bill Viola, Four Hands (2001)

Viola has a deep interest in mystical traditions – especially Zen Buddhism, Christian mysticism and Islamic Sufism – evident in the transcendental quality of his work. His videos often have a painterly quality, drawing on Western medieval and renaissance devotional art in their aesthetic.

An ongoing theme is dualism – the idea that you can't understand what you're looking at unless you know its opposite. As such Viola likes to explore contrasting themes, such as life and death, light and dark, stressed and calm, loud and quiet.

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Opening times

Monday – Weds 9:30am – 5:15pm
Thursday 9.30am – 7.45pm
Friday – Saturday 9:30am – 5:15pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day & Easter Sunday

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