We sponsor 'Bill Viola: retrospective', dedicated to one of the most outstanding artists at the moment

After over a decade, New York artist and video art pioneer Bill Viola's artwork returned to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bilbao between June 30th until November 9th 2017 with a complete tour of his career.

Iberdrola joined in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao — of which the company has been a strategic sponsor since the museum was founded —, by sponsoring this ambitious exhibition dedicated to Bill Viola (New York, 1951).

The exhibition, which took place from 30 June to 9 November, was a journey from Viola's first experiments with video art and image in movement developed at the beginning of the 1970s, to some of his more recent monumental video installations of this past decade: Fire Woman (2005), Tristan's Ascension (2005), The Dreamers (2013), etc., allowing visitors to experience the different subjects that stirred his extensive wealth of creativity.

The retrospective was also a glimpse into the evolution of the artist's work over the course of 40 years and how his language has transformed in keeping with the revolutionary developments in technology and audiovisual techniques, advances that he has been incorporating progressively to his creative productions.

 Dossier of the exhibition [PDF]

This significant retrospective curated by Lucía Aguirre was an intense appeal to the senses. Through suggestive iconography, the video artist takes on universal human experiences such as the cycles of life, death and rebirth.

Viola frequently includes studied changes of scale and time in his works in order to prompt profound and often unexpected responses from spectators. His pieces have always been linked to the history of art and address subjects and concepts of deep significance such as perception and spirituality.

In seeking to bring the exhibition to wider public, the Guggenheim Museum, with the sponsorship of Iberdrola, scheduled three free night visits to the exhibitions on June 30 and July 1 and 2, 2017.