Bill Viola: Amore e Morte

© Bill Viola Studio
© Bill Viola Studio
Gucci Museo

Curated by
Francesca Amphitheatrof

The origin of the project is Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde whose central theme focuses on the deep love between Tristan and Isolde, a love so deep that it cannot be contained in their human forms. The lovers then decide that only death can unite them, and their liberation from this world is represented by Viola through the devouring elements of fire and water. 

Bill Viola's work has the ability to create this timeless link between past and present. The presentation of these installations in a room that was once the chapel of the Palazzo allows the viewer to observe and contemplate solitude, and not only illuminates our lives, but also evokes the lives of those who have inhabited these walls before us.